Sunday, June 29, 2008

Huevos rancheros

I haven't posted a recipe in a while. I must make a confession, my dear food-blogger friends: since I started living 'alone' I've been cooking less. Cooking for yourself is a lot less fun than for you and somebody else. So, I make interesting stuff mostly when I invite people over, or if my dear roommate and friend Melynda and I decide for example to have brunch together, or some after-dinner snack. These are usually very fun occasions. So here is an example of something that we've made last Sunday: huevos rancheros! We're both in a Mexican mood because we're going to go to Mexico together soon. It's really exciting! So what's best than cooking something out of my 'Mexico - the beautiful cookbook', given to me by my Mexican friend Romelia?

Huevos Rancheros y frijoles refritos / Ranch-style eggs and refried beans
To make this delicious dish, simply fry 1 tbsp chopped onion in olive oil, add 1/2 clove garlic, and 3/4 cup finely chopped tomato. Cook for 2 minutes, then add 1 chile serrano, finely chopped. Add salt and pepper and cook for another 3 minutes.
In another pan, fry two eggs in some olive oil. Serve the eggs on top of a tortilla (we simply warmed it up on the flame of the stove, but it should be fried according to the original recipe), and add the tomato sauce on top. Serve hot. In my opinion, the egg yolk should be liquid, and ready to overflow when poked with a piece of bread. This grossed out Melynda, who had to cook her yolks more in the microwave :)
These eggs are particularly good when eaten with refried beans. These should be prepared by frying 1/2 onion in 1/2 cup oil or lard - but I used just 2 tbsp olive oil.. Then add 4 cups of black beans (I used canned beans, with their liquid). Add salt and cook them while mashing them in a coarse puree. I ended up using a blender. Serve them with some queso fresco or feta cheese crumbled on top. My personal touch was adding a teaspoon of honey to the beans, during the cooking. Also, we added some cilantro and cheddar cheese flakes on the tomato sauce, as you can see in the picture.
This makes a delicious and satisfactory brunch :)

8 comments:

Maryann said...

Yum! I could dig into that! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Ooohhh, that's delicious! I love Tex-Mex food!

Cheers,

Rosa

Amanda said...

Although I live with my husband, he doesn't normally eat what I make for my blog--those are strictly for my own pleasure. And I find that creating a recipe that serves 2 or 4 is just right for most of my readership--a recipe can always be scaled up. I bet you could wow us with your regular fare that you cook for yourself!

Simona said...

I am with you regarding the yolk: it should be runny. I have met people, who share Melynda's strong feelings. I find it interesting. It looks like a nice brunch, indeed.

Minimegamondo said...

Io, invece, mi diverto molto di più a cucinare per me solo, che non per tutta la tribù.
Quando sono solo (raramente) mi organizzo e mi concedo un premio di consolazione per il fatto di essere da solo (ops ... ora che l'ho scritto mi sa che ha del freudiano tutto ciò ...).
Anyway, it looks delicious!
il matto

Ming-Chih said...

Hi Martha, this looks delicious! I have been doing some research on Indian food in the Palo Alto area--definitely looks promising. Let's meet up down here some time.

Mansi Desai said...

that looks really inviting Marta! my hubby loves this:)

Patacchina said...

ciao Marta,
il tuo blog è davvero delizioso...mi fa respirare di nuovo l'aria degli states, ma quella nuova della california, che ancora non conosco.
Io e il mio ragazzo, Aaron, che so ti ha già scritto, verremo a Berkeley il prossimo 1 agosto, ma non riusciamo ancora a trovare un appartamento, o meglio, qualcuno disposto a locarcelo senza prima vederci.
Craiglist, che ci hai consigliato, è meraviglioso (il migliore dei link sinora visitati), ma comunque nessuno è disposto a siglare un accordo con noi.
Ho un bel pò di libri da spedire (mi servono per il progetto al quale sto lavorando), perciò mi servirebbe un indirizzo dove inviare il tutto.
Beh, non voglio annoiarti...ma se hai qualche altro prezioso consiglio da elargire...beh, ovviamente, sarà più che welcome !
Spero avremo modo di conoscerci al nostro arrivo.

Ancora complimenti per il blog !!

simona