Sunday, March 7, 2010

Huevos rancheros

Huevos rancheros is one of my favorite brunches, so I had to try this recipe from the Boston Globe Cookbook. For whatever reason, this smoky Southwestern dish is extremely popular in my decidedly Northeastern town, appearing on nearly every Sunday brunch menu across the city. The recipe was written for 12, implying that it's not worth the trouble for any fewer, but thankfully it adapted easily for 2 and really wasn't difficult at all. I have drastically amped up the proportions of garlic and chipotles.

1. Mince one small onion, 2-4 cloves of garlic, and 4 T. fresh cilantro. Open a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and chop up 2 of the chiles. Grate 2-3 ounces of Cojita, cheddar or jack cheese. Dice 1 avocado.

2. Brown the onion and garlic, then add the chiles, some of the adobo sauce, and about a third of a 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes. Simmer about 10 minutes, then stir in half the cilantro and season with salt and pepper.

3. Empty a 15 oz. can of black beans into a small saucepan and add 1/2 tsp ground cumin. Mash the beans coarsely with a potato masher, then let simmer over low heat.

4. Heat 2 T. peanut or canola oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan and add 2 corn tortillas. Cook 1 minute or until crisp and brown, then flip and fry the second side. Turn them onto a plate and repeat with 2 more tortillas on a second plate.

5. In the same pan used for the tortillas, fry 4 eggs until whites are set and place one on each tortilla. (You will have some extra beans and chipotle sauce, so feel free to expand the recipe to 3 or 4 people, cooking 2 tortillas and 2 eggs for each person.

6. Ladle some sauce on the eggs, then sprinkle with cheese and cilantro and garnish with beans and avocado.

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