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My Favorite Mexican Desayuno~Breakfast~Brunch

Some traditional and some not so traditional Mexican foods I enjoy preparing for breakfast or brunch on  Sunday. With a little planning and alot more time, my favorites would have to be a big bowl of pozole or menudo. But those I only prepare now and then or for special days.  As I look as these recipes, I realize that you could really enjoy them anytime of the day  and not just for breakfast. And you certainly don’t have to wait until Sunday to prepare any of these tasty recipes.

 

Huevos Rancheros with Steak

Huevos Rancheros with Steak

2 eggs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
salt and pepper to taste
2 baked  corn tostadas
1/3 cup refried beans
4 oz. of thinly sliced (cooked) carne asada or sliced steak
1/3 cup or more salsa verde, warmed
1/3 cup or more red salsa de mesa, warmed
Diced chile peppers, optional

Directions

1. Heat butter in skillet to medium heat. Add eggs to skillet. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook until whites of eggs are set. I like my eggs runny, but you could cook them longer for a more firm egg yolk.

2. Place two corn tostadas onto serving plate. Add salsa verde to tostadas. Lay sliced steak on  top then slide eggs on top of the steak. Top with red salsa de mesa and diced chiles. Serve with warm tortillas.

* I did not mention refried beans, but you could add some to the tostadas before topping with salsa.

Huevos Rancheros with Steak

**Got to the end of blog post to find the links to recipes for both salsa de mesa and salsa verde. To prepare baked tostadas, brush corn tortillas on both sides with oil. Sprinkle with salt and bake in preheated 395 degree oven for 17 to 19 minutes, turning halway through cooking time.

 

Grilled Skirt Steak. Click onto picture to see full recipe.

 Grilled Skirt Steak

 

Chimichurri Cheese Omelette with Pico de Gallo. Although this is not a traditional Mexican breakfast, I serve it with warm tortillas. A gourmet wat to serve up breakfast tacos. 

Cheese Omelet with Chimichurri and  Pico de Gallo**Go to the end of the blog post to find link for Chimichurri recipe

Olive oil
1 serrano pepper, minced
2 tablespoons sweet or red onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 large eggs
1 full tablespoon chimichurri
Spash of milk
1 to 2 oz of muenster cheese
Chunky pico de gallo or your favorite salsa

Cheese Omelet with Chimichurri and Pico de GalloPico de Gallo for one. One large roma tomato, diced. One serrano pepper, minced. One green onion, sliced. 1 -2 tablespoons cilantro, 1 tablespoon lime juice. Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

1. Heat 8 inch nonstick pan to medium heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, serrano and onions. Season lightly with salt and pepper and saute for 5 minutes.

2. Whisk eggs with chimichurri and milk. Set aside. Add 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter to pan. Once is melts, pour in the egg mixture and let it cook for 30 seconds.

3. Using a silicone spatula, move the eggs gently in and around the center without breaking them up too much. After a few minutes when eggs are mostly set, add some cheese down the center of eggs. Use the spatula to fold in the sides. Cover pan and let steam for a minute. Slide onto serving plate and garnish with salsa. Serve with crsusty bread.

 

Breakfast Empanadas ~Chorizo con Huevo

Breakfast Empanadas

For Chorizo con Huevo
Olive oil
1/3 cup white onion, diced
1 jalapeño or serrano, minced
1/2 cup uncooked mexican chorizo
6 large eggs

Chorizo con HuevoMy absolute favorite way to enjoy Chorizo con Huevo is with freshly rolled flour tortillas!!!


Basic Empanada Dough
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pork lard or vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk

You will also need
2 cups shredded cheese, monterey jack, chihuahua or asadero

Chorizo con Huevo

Directions

1. Preheat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onions and jalapeño and saute for 5 minutes.Turn up the heat slightly and cook the chorizo another 5 to 6 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to crumble the chorizo as it cooks.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together with 1/4 cup of milk or cream. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Pour into skillet with chorizo. Turn heat down and continue to cook, moving gently with spatula until eggs are set. Set aside.

3. For Dough: In a large bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Using your hand or a pastry cutter, cut the lard in until it broken down, set aside.

4. Whisk the eggs and milk together and gradually add them into the dry ingredients until dough forms. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knesd for 5 to 6 minutes, adding a little more flour to make a soft dough. Cover and chill for one hour. This dough will make 15 large empanadas or 30 small empanadas.

5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lighlty floured suface, roll out dough balls to about 6 inches in diameter. Fill one hal with chorizo/egg mix, top with a little shredded cheese. Fold over and seal with a fork or pinch and roll up to seal. Transfer to baking sheets. Brush with milk or eggwash. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Finish under the broiler for a minute to brown the tops of the empanadas.

Tip~ For eggwash, simply whisk 1 egg with a splash of water. Towards the end of baking I like to broil the empanadas for a minute  or less to brown the crust even more.

Breakfast Empanadas

 

Salsa de Mesa . Click onto picture for full recipe. Either salsa recipe can be prepared with chile serrano or jalapeño instead of chile de arbol, if you prefer. Adjust to your heat level.

Salsa de Mesa con Chile de Arbol

 

Salsa Verde. Click onto picture for full recipe.

Salsa Verde con Chile de Arbol

 

 

Chimichurri. Click onto picture to see full recipe.

Chimichurri

 

Papas con Huevo~ Mexican Brunch

The first thing I ever cooked as a newlywed 29 years ago was Papas con Huevo, a potato and egg scramble. It was probably one of the first things I learned to cook on my own as a teen. So, like clock work, every weekend when I would prepare  breakfast on the weekends, I would ask my husband what he would like for breakfast/brunch. His answer was always Papas con Huevo, lol! To this day, he still ask for that same dish. To keep the tradition of our weekend brunch, this was on the menu this morning. For today’s version, I added a little smoked ham that I had in the freezer as well. I always prepare extra for quick tacos the next day.

Papas con Huevo

 

Papas con Huevo

grapeseed oil or oil of your choice 

1 large russet potato, washed

1/3 to 1/2 cup white onion, diced

1/3 cup poblano or red bell pepper, diced

1  to 2 serrano or jalapeño, minced

3/4 cup cooked ham, diced

5 large eggs

salt and pepper to taste

Papas con Huevo

 

Directions

1. Decide how you want to cook your potato. When I am in a hurry, I wash the potato and pre-cook it in the microwave for 6 minutes, turning every 2 minutes.  Once it cools slightly, cut it into equal size pieces (chunks).

2. Preheat a 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to medium heat. Add potatoes and spread out evenly in the pan. Cover the pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the potatoes as needed until golden and somewhat crispy. Season them lightly with salt and pepper as they brown.

3. Remove cover, add the onions, chile pepper and other peppers if using and cook for a few more minutes. Add ham and again cook for a few minutes to brown the ham. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and pour into the skillet. Reduce heat slightly, add a pinch of salt and pepper and slowly stir with with spatula until eggs are set and cooked through. Serve right away.   Garnish with salsa, queso fresco and avocado. Yields 4 servings.

Papas con Huevo

Try adding in some diced tomatoes and crumbled queso cotija.

 

Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole

Poblano Potato and Sausage  Casserole. A couple times a year my husband will bring home this 2 1/2 pound block of extra sharp cheese which happens to be made right here in New York. He forgets that there are only two of us and that he does not really like cheddar cheese, lol! It’s perfectly fine with me. The cheese comes in handy when I am cooking for a large group or need a dish to pass. Once a week, I volunteer to prepare a meal for a group of generous people that give their time to the community. Since I cannot be there in person to volunteer, I do it from my kitchen. I know that the meals are appreciated and I really enjoy the challenge of coming up with a new recipe every week. I do not prepare many casseroles, but they are a tasty, easy and convenient way to share a meal.

Poblano Sausage and Potato Casserole
Poblano Sausage and Potato Casserole
Any sandwich bread will work for this recipe, but try some french bread or bolillos for a heartier casserole.
Any sandwich bread will work for this recipe, but try some french bread or bolillos for a heartier casserole.
With just a little oil, you can brown the potatoes. Cover with lid while cooking and this will help steam and cook quicker.
With just a little oil, you can brown the potatoes. Cover with lid while cooking and this will help steam and cook quicker.

Ingredients

6 slices of sandwich bread (I used wheat), sliced into cubes
2 cups spicy italian sausage (I added turkey, diced
Olive oil
3 cups russet potato
1 sweet onion, diced

1 large poblano, sliced thin or diced
1 jalapeño, seeded, minced
2 1/2 cups extra sharp cheese, shredded
5 large eggs
2 1/4 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more for topping
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3  teaspoon pepper
Crushed oregano, optional

Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole. I had a small piece of red onion that I also added in just to use it up.
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread out sliced bread cubes onto baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 13 minutes or until crispy and dried out. Remove from oven and set aside.

2. Add the sausage to a pan with 1/4 cup water. Cover and heat to medium/low. Once the water evaporates, ad 1 tablespoon of olive oil and contniue cooking until browned and cooked through. Remove from heat to cool. Dice when cooled.

2. In a large skillet, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and heat to medium. Add the potatoes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover and continue to cook, stirring often, until potatoes are brown on most sides. Drain onto a large plate lined with paper towels. To that same skillet, ad 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the poblanos, onions and jalapeño. Cook for another 5  to 7 minutes or until the peppers/onions are soft. Remove from heat.

3. Add the toasted bread to the bottom of baking pan in an even layer. Add the sausage, potato mixture and 1 1/2 cups of cheese. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs milk, paprika, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and a little crush oregano and smoked parpika. Bake loosely covered with foil paper for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with your favorite salsa. Yields 8 to 10 servings.

Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole
Poblano Potato and Sausage Casserole. If cooking for a smaller crowd, I like to bake individual casseroles for that special brunch.