i keep trying to expand our breakfast menus because we can’t just have some variation of eggs, breakfast meat and toast (with a little oatmeal, grits or cream of wheat mixed in between) all the time. and we’re picky and don’t like quiches or stratas or such things. so it’s nice to take the time to make a good Mexican breakfast once in awhile (beyond tacos, that is). so my eyes passed over a recipe for chilaquiles in Rebecca Rather’s Pastry Queen Christmas cookbook and i immediately put it on the menu. i’m uncertain as to what the actual differences between chilaquiles and migas are (i’m a bad Mexican, so what, wanna fight about it?). But what i ended up with was pretty spectacular, relatively quick (considering i did some of my vegetable chopping the previous evening), and delicious.
corn tortillas, cut into strips (store bought are good, i used 3 tortillas, i think)
oil, for frying
3-4 strips of bacon
diced white onion (like, 1/4 of a small onion)
a small jalapeno or serrano chile, deseeded, deveined and finely diced
about 3 or 4 large eggs, scrambled (4 eggs made 2 nicely sized portions for me and erik. use less if you’d like)
shredded cheddar, optional
more warmed corn tortillas, for serving
heat a couple Tablespoons of oil in a saute pan or a nonstick pan. add your tortilla strips and fry until golden brown. remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. remove the oil from the pan. next, crisp your bacon strips. remove them, let cool a bit, then chop into small pieces. leave the bacon fat in the pan. add in your diced onion and chile. cook until the onion has softened. stir the crispy tortilla strips, the bacon bits, and the eggs into the onions and chile. scramble until the eggs are set how you like them. serve with cilantro and tomato and some shredded cheese if you want sprinkled on top with refried beans and warmed corn tortillas on the side.
i’m going to digress for a moment to talk about the Foodie Exchange site. i joined recently and immediately paired up with someone from Vermont and just received the most SPECTACULAR package in return for mine. let me back up a minute and explain what the site is: when you sign up, there are forums with which to introduce yourself and to meet other members. you can request trading with a specific region if you’d like or find someone to message and befriend via the site. you assemble a package of foodstuffs from your area and send it to your partner and they do the same for you. i had a way fun time assembling products from wyoming, utah and idaho to send to the sweet lady i paired up. i ended up sending her this:
and received this in return:
if you’re interested in such a project, go here and sign up! it’s a lot of fun, trust me.