Recipe – Dirty Eggs

by john on March 4, 2003


Here’s a recipe you’ll find nowhere else – and certainly not in any low-fat cookbook! But first, the story of how it came about.

Years ago in my formative years I did a lot of camping and fishing with my dad and a family friend named John Derrenberger. John made a dish called Eggs Derrenberger, which my dad euphemistically pronounced “Eggs Doo-ron-bur-jhay” much the same way some people refer to J.C. Penny as “Jacque Pin-ay” or Target as “Tar-jhay”. John’s recipe was fairly simple: start with a large cast iron skillet and fry up a batch of skin-on hotdogs for lunch or dinner. Reserve pan without cleaning; keep until morning. Use uncleaned pan to make scrambled eggs. A veritable flavor explosion!

Eggs Derrenberger was delicious but the recipe is impractical for use in the kitchen so I’ve adapted the recipe for home consumption, if your arteries can take it.


6 large eggs, scrambled
6 sausage links
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook sausage in large heavy skillet without a non-stick surface; remove cooked sausage and dice as many as desired for inclusion in eggs; keep pan on flame.
  2. Add butter to hot grease and wait until melted; add eggs, basil, mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook eggs until just starting to set, taking care to scrape the bottom of the pan as you scramble the eggs; add cheese and diced sausage; cook until done.


Jessica Allen March 4, 2003 at 10:10 am

Hi John,

This isn’t a response to your egg receipe. Just a question I hoped you might answer. My company does web design and I did a little research on our link popularity. In several of the search engines (of course knowing many pull from the same data) your site was listed as linking to us. Of course I was curious and browsed your site but couldn’t find us. Out of curiousity, at any time have you linked to our site? If yes, I’m curious to see how you referred to us. I find blogs interesting and almost feel flattered if we were mentioned in your blog 🙂 Respond at your convenience. Happy Blogging :p


john March 4, 2003 at 12:46 pm

I have not directly linked to any of your sites that I am aware of. What you are probably seeing is a link creatd by the in-line Google related articles that I provide on the articles on my main page. These links change every time I rebuild, and once the article that linked to your site falls of the front page you won’t see the links anymore because I only include those Google links on the front page.

John Derrenberger July 9, 2003 at 2:59 pm

I was just screwing around looking for ancestors and in the process came across your site with reference to our fine dining while trying to catch the ever elusive wallybygoose or other such mythic denizen of the lakes up your way.

Your Dirty Eggs bit sure made me laugh and and shifted my mood from neutral to positive, which is a good thing.

Hope all is well.


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