Sunday, March 21, 2010

Huevish rancheros

These are awesome. Perfect for brunch with mimosas, although we had it for dinner with beer. I don't think they even approach authenticity but in my teeny brain the math goes like this: eggs + tortilla + salsa = huevos rancheros. There's just a little bit of meat in here which really adds a nice salty punch, but it is super-easy to replace with pinto beans. Or you can just omit altogether and add more avocado and cheese or whatever you feel like.Mexican chorizo is spicy, bright red and is cooked like ground beef once you crumble it out of the casing. If you're looking at chorizo that is hard and slicable, then it's probably Spanish or Portugese not Mexican. I used one tube--that was the perfect amount for 2 servings. It's full-flavored, so what looks like a little really does go a long way. While your chorizo is cooking, go ahead and slice up an avocado and put salt, pepper and lime juice on it.After about 7 minutes over medium heat your chorizo should be looking done.Can I just mention real quick how much I love reusing the same pan for as many tasks as possible? Minimizes kitchen cleanup! Remove your cooked chorizo and set aside, turn up the flame and then in the same pan, crisp 4 tortillas by pressing them down over high heat. It helps to not have any sensation in your fingertips--alternatively, you can just toast them in a hot oven.All right--your tortillas are hot and toasty--keep them warm in the oven while you finish everything else up real quick. You have a very hot pan--melt bacon fat or some butter/olive oil and crack in some eggs, sunny side up. Make 2 per person.I like them soft in the middle and crispy around the edges with salt and pepper on top, but this is a personal preference thing, I am aware, so feel free to make your eggs however you like.Now let's assemble! Two tortillas...Cover in a layer of chorizo...And top that with two fried eggs, a spoonful of salsa verde (I happen to love tangy tomatillos with this but you might prefer red) and a handful of crumbled queso fresco.Avocado slices on top. Minced cilantro would be nice too, if you have it on hand.

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