Thursday, January 29, 2015

Desayuno Sincronizada con Huevos

     A Breakfast Version Of The Gringo Turista Favorite! 
     Sincronizada is a Mexican antojitos that is usually made for American or European tourists.  Sincronizada is a grilled ham and cheese quesadilla.  Basically, Sincronizada is a Mexican style grilled ham and cheese sandwich.
     When I modified the sincronizada recipe to make a breakfast version, all that I added was 1 scrambled egg!  Smoked ham increases the flavor.  A whole wheat flour tortilla was top choice, because it appeals to health minded gringo turistas!
     A Desayuno Sincronizada can be garnished with standard street food style garnishes, like lettuce, salsa verde, hot sauce, lime wedges, sour cream and guacamole.  Honestly, standard antojitos garnishes really do get old after a while, especially when some antojitos restaurants garnish every plate of food with the same items.
     Keeping the garnish simple is traditional taquerias do best.  Let the featured food speak for itself, instead of smothering the food with every garnish but the kitchen sink!  The Desayuno Sincronizada in the photos was simply garnished with mild tomato salsa.  The presentation has a clean look that creates eye appeal.

     Mild Tomato Salsa:
     This recipe yields about 2/3 cup.
     Place 1/2 cup of small diced tomato in a mixing bowl.
     Add 2 tablespoons of thin sliced white section of 1 green onion.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of chiffonade sliced cilantro leaves.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of finely chopped seeded green jalapeño pepper.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar.
     Add 1 teaspoon of lime juice.
     Mix the ingredients together.
     Set the salsa aside for 5 minutes, so the flavors meld.

     Desayuno Sincronizada con Huevos: 
     This recipe yields 1 Desayuno Sincronizada.
     The original Sincronizada was made with Swiss Cheese.  Queso Oaxaca or Monterey Jack Cheese are also good cheese choices if a southwestern flavor is preferred.
     Step 1:  Heat a cast iron griddle or wide sauté pan over medium/medium low heat for later in the recipe.
     Step 2:  Heat a small non-stick saute pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter.
     Add 1 whisked large egg.
     Scramble the egg, till it is fully cooked, yet soft.
     Remove the pan from the heat.
     Step 3:  Place 1 large whole wheat flour tortilla flat on a counter top.  (10" wide tortilla)
     Sprinkle 2 to 3 ounces of grated Monterey Jack Cheese over 1/2 of the tortilla.
     Place 2 to 3 ounces of thin sliced smoked ham on the cheese.
     Spread the scrambled egg over the ham.
     Sprinkle 2 to 3 ounces of Monterey Jack Cheese over the egg and ham.
     Fold the bare tortilla half over the top of the egg, smoked ham and cheese half of the tortilla.
     Step 4:  Pour about 1 ounce of vegetable oil on the preheated griddle or sauté pan.
     Place the Desayuno Sincronizada on the oiled griddle.
     Grill the Desayuno Sincronizada, till it is crispy golden brown on both sides.
     Place the Desayuno Sincronizada on a cutting board.
     Cut the Desayuno Sincronizada into 4 pie shape pieces.
     Place the Desayuno Sincronizada on a plate, so it looks like a 4 pointed star pattern.
     Mound a generous portion of the Mild Tomato Salsa in the middle of the Sincronizada star pattern.
     Sprinkle thin bias sliced green onion top on the plate.
     Garnish the salsa with a cilantro sprig or Italian Parsley sprig.

    Desayuno Sincronizada is a Mexican tourist trap style breakfast antojitos that is worth trying! 

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