Saturday, April 12, 2014

Huevos Encobijados (blanketed eggs)

I am almost sure that you know how to prepare the famous "Huevos Rancheros" but this dish is a showstopper and a super delicious hearty breakfast. The only thing you must have in mind is that with this dish you won't eat lunch and have doubts about dinner (I never have doubts about dinner...but's me).

This recipe got my attention when reading Diana Kennedy's "My México" and adapted it so it would make sense to me. The end result was a very tasty breakfast that made me forget about lunch... but not for dinner. It just happen that today I had some freshly made beans -this week are pinto- and I had some fresh cilantro in the fridge. That did it: today was the day of Huevos Encobijados.

Huevos Encobijados
Blanketed Egss

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes   Makes 1 serving


2 Corn Tortillas (10 cm) -not flour!-

4 Tbsp Canola Oil

1/3 Cup Refried Beans

1 Egg

1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro

1/3 Cup Tomato Sauce, warmed*

4 Tbsp Grated Oaxaca, Chihuahua or Mozzarella cheese, grated.

1 Tbsp Finely chopped onion

* If you like your tomato sauce hot and spicy you can add 1 or two chopped jalapeño peppers and mix so it incorporates with the sauce.

Cooking Instructions

1. In a medium frying pan heat the oil on medium-high temperature

2. Fry the two tortillas (both sides each) so they get a bit golden but not too crisp, once ready dry them in a paper towel to get rid of the excess oil. Put in a warm plate one of the tortillas, the other one reserve.

3. With the refried beans form a “wall” in the tortilla’s perimeter, about 1/2” high. Reserve.

4. Fry the egg and place the egg inside on the tortilla that is on the plate -surrounded by the refried beans- and cover with the chopped cilantro.

5. Cover the tortilla/egg with the other fried tortilla.

6. Pour the warm tomato sauce on the top tortilla. The beans are going to work as a “wall” so the sauce won’t spread in the plate.

7. Sprinkle the chopped onion and the grated cheese and put under the broiler until the cheese melts.

8. Enjoy!

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