Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Poblano Pepper Chilequiles

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Makes 4 Servings
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 slices bacon, chopped
* 6 corn tortillas, cut into triangles
* 1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
* 1 poblano pepper, finely chopped
* 1 clove garlic, chopped
* 1 (12-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, drained and cut up; or 2 very ripe fresh tomatoes, chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 4 eggs
* 1 cup grated Monterey jack or mild longhorn cheese
* sour cream, for garnish


Preheat a heavy skillet, preferably cast-iron, on medium-high for 1 minute. Add the olive oil and bacon. Cook just until the bacon is limp. Remove it from the oil with a slotted spoon. Add the tortilla triangles and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove the tortillas and drain all but 1 tablespoon of the grease from the pan. Add the onion and poblano pepper to the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Over the vegetables in the pan, layer the corn tortillas, then the bacon bits, the tomatoes, then the 4 eggs broken individually, like fried eggs. Season with the salt. Reduce heat and cook, covered, for 2 to 3 more minutes. Cover with the cheese and let stand until the cheese has melted. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, taking care to give each person an egg.

All the Trimmings
Arrange the avocado, grapefruit, and pomegranate seeds on a platter in a pinwheel design. This not only looks good, but it allows people to take what they want. We love the drama of bringing the chilequiles to the table in the black skillet. Serve the refried beans in a nice bowl. We usually open a can of refried beans and microwave them in the serving bowl. To spruce them up, add 1/4 cup of salsa. We love Pace mild Pan dulce, or Mexican bread pastries, which are usually beautifully colored, unworldly pinks, blues, and yellows, can be purchased at any Mexican grocery store. Warm and serve them on a big platter. We like to cut them in half so that people can taste the pink ones and the blue ones!

This hot and spicy meal is best complemented by a good Mexican beer


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious! Will have to try soon.

7:55 AM  

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