"Hey Mom. What are we having for dinner?" I can't remember who asked the question because after awhile all the sous chefs voices blend into one massive off-key chorus.
"I was thinking about making my breakfast dish." I said.
"YES!" one of the kids yelled while screaming through the house,"Mom's making that breakfast thingy."
I'm not sure how this dish even began. It doesn't even have a name to go by except for the breakfast thingy. You would think that with four pretty funny and clever kids it could get a better name like, "Mom's Totally Kick-Ass Breakfast Tostadas" but nooooooo it's called the breakfast thingy. And anyways they are not allowed to say ass, so there goes that name. Maybe it should be called the dish of many components. If you make it, feel free to call the dish whatever you want.
The Breakfast Thingy:
Warning: To make this dish you really need two people. One to cook the eggs and one to assemble and plate. Don't say I didn't warn you!
refried beans (canned or make your own)
red enchilada sauce
cheddar cheese and queso cojito (grated)
black olives, finely chopped
green onion, chopped
pico de gallo
avocado, thinly sliced
crema fresca or sour cream
cilantro, finely chopped for garnish
For the corn tortillas: fry in hot oil until crispy and golden brown. I have fried them in the enchilada sauce but that's way too much of a mess. Let drain on a paper towel. Warm enchilada sauce and pour into a shallow baking dish.
For the refried beans: either open a can or make your own just keep on low heat until ready to serve.
Pico de Gallo: 5 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 medium sized white onion, finely chopped
1 handful of cilantro, finely chopped
lime juice, to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Mix and put aside.
Cook the eggs over easy and serve over the tortillas.
How to assemble. Dip one corn tortilla into enchilada sauce. Shake off excess. Put on plate and smear a good layer of refried beans on tortilla. Add both cheeses. Repeat once more. Then put the cooked eggs on top of the tortillas and beans. Add salsa, green onions, olives, avocados. Sprinkle a little bit of queso cojito on top. Add a drizzle of crema fresca and some cilantro for garnish.
Whew! See what I mean about having two people making this dish. It wore me out just typing out the recipe. If you have a good mise-en-place, it's actually really simple. Just a lot of components. I would think it would make a great Sunday brunch dish. Sunday is coming up two days from now, I'm just saying. Hint, Hint.
Posted by krysta at 8:30 AM