Thursday, 9 February 2012
This is a recipe I have had ear marked to try for some time now, maybe even years. The thought of freshly toasted corn tortillas, topped with beans, salsa, fried eggs and cheese has always sounded deliciously appealing. Tasty, quick and very easy . . . ok, so it's not exactly English in origin . . . but hmmm . . . let's think about that again . . .
Eggs, chips and beans are a very popular combination over here in the UK. Something which seemed particularly uggy to me when I first moved over here . . . definitely not something that I found in the least appealing . . . but that way of thinking was a little bit like judging a book by it's cover.
You really have to try some of these things out before you say "nay" outright . . . they're actually quite good together . . .
Exchanging the baked beans for refried beans . . . and a toasted corn tortilla for the chips, is not really all that big of a stretch outside the boundaries actually . . . and salsa is kinda like ketchup . . . albeit a bit spicier and chunkier, but let's not be that picky, ok?
With some tasty cheddar melted over the top, a scattering of chopped fresh coriander and a side of sour cream and guacamole and we are kinda stretching the similarities to eggs, chips and beans a tad bit . . . but meh . . . whose going to argue about something that looks and tastes as delicious as this???
I don't know why I waited so long to try this out. I am sold, utterly and completely.
Serves 2 (easily doubled or tripled)
When I first moved over here to England, the idea of eating eggs and beans together in one sitting seemed totally outrageous to me. I have since learned to love this combination and this is one outrageously delicious way of having them with a tasty Tex Mex Twist!
1 TBS vegetable oil
2 corn tortillas (8 inches in diameter)
4 medium free range organic eggs
4 heaped TBS of refried beans
(I used Discovery brand)
4 TBS spicy tomato salsa
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
30g of grated strong cheddar cheese (about 1/4 cup)
quacamole and dairy sour cream to serve
Pre-heat the oven to 200*C/400*F. Heat half of the oil in a nonstick skillet until hot. Fry the tortillas on both sides until just starting to brown, then place on a baking tray. Set aside.
Add the rest of the oil to the pan. Crack in the eggs and fry them until they are just set, making sure the yolks are still soft.
Spread 2 TBS of the refried beans over each tortilla. Top each with 2 TBS of the salsa. Place the eggs carefully on top. Season to taste with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Sprinkle each with half the cheese and the coriander.
Bake in the oven just until the cheese has melted. (This should only take a few minutes.) Remove from the oven and place on two heated plates. Top each serving with some guacamole and sour cream if desired.
Cooking in The Cottage today, Stuffed Pasta Shells. Delicious!!