Thursday, February 26, 2015

Queso Fresco y Cebolla Verde Huevos con Salsa de Jalapeño y Tomate

     Cheese Eggs Are A Favorite In Any Language! 
     The presentation of today's breakfast entrée will turn some heads.  The crispy flour tortillas are great for scooping up the cheese eggs and jalapeño sauce.  Traditionally, steamed corn tortillas are served with breakfast, but crispy wheat flour tortillas are nice too.
     This recipe is easy to make.  It does take good cooking skills to not let cheese eggs stick to the bottom of a pan.  When Queso Fresco is used, the cheese will only soften.  Queso Fresco eggs will usually not stick to the pan, because this fresh cheese has a fairly low fat content.  Queso Fresco is like fresh mozzarella that is not stretched.  The flavor of this cheese is mild and milky tasting.
     Jalapeño Tomato Sauce: 
     This recipe yields about 1 cup of sauce!
     Step 1:  Heat a small sauce pot over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
     Add 1 clove of chopped garlic.
     Add 1/4 cup of chopped onion.
     Add 1 chopped green jalapeño pepper.
     Sauté till the onions turn clear in color. 
     Step 2:  Add 1 cup of canned crushed peeled tomato.  (California or Spanish tomatoes are best for this recipe.)
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of cumin.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of coriander.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1/2 cup of water.
     Step 3:  Reduce the temperature to low heat.
     Simmer and reduce the sauce, till the flavors meld and the sauce becomes a medium thin consistency.
     Keep the sauce warm over very low heat.  
     This skin on a plantain banana should be black!
     If the fried plantains turn out dark looking, do not worry.  That is the nature of this fruit.  Sometimes plantains become soft while they are a golden color, but most times the finish color will be dark reddish brown.
     Step 1:  Heat 4" of vegetable frying oil to 360º in a high sided pot.
     Step 2:  Cut a few large bite size pieces of ripe plantain banana.  (About 1 to 2 inches long.)
     Step 3:  Place the plantain pieces in the hot oil.
     Fry the plantains till they are caramelized on all sides.
     Set the fried plantains on wire screen roasting rack over a drip pan to drain off the excess oil.
     Keep the fried plantains warm on a stove top.
     Wheat Flour Tostadas:  
     Tostada translates to toast.  In Mexico, crispy golden brown tortillas of any kind are toast!
     Cut two 6" flour tortillas in half.
     Heat a wide sauté pan over medium heat.
     Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.  
     Pan fry each of the tortilla halves on both sides, till they are crispy golden brown.  (Add oil as necessary.)
     Place the fried tortilla halves on a wire screen roasting rack to drain off any excess oil.
     Sprinkle a little bit of sea salt on the tortillas.
     Queso Fresco y Cebolla Verde Huevos: 
     Queso Fresco will not completely melts.  This cheese will usually only soften.  
     Step 1:  Whisk 3 large eggs and 1 tablespoon of cream together in a mixing bowl.
     Set the egg mixture aside aside.
     Step 2:  Chop 3 ounces of queso fresco and set it aside.  (Mexican Fresh Cheese)
     Step 3:  Heat a non-stick sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Add the eggs mixture.
     Use a rubber spatula to scramble the eggs, till they are halfway cooked and still runny.
     Step 4:  Add the chopped queso fresco.
     Add 1 bias sliced green onion. 
     Scramble the eggs till they are cooked firm.  The fresh cheese will soften by the time the eggs are plated. 
     Remove the pan from the heat.
     Queso Fresco y Cebolla Verde Huevos con Salsa de Jalapeño y Tomate:  
     Mound the cheese eggs on the center of a plate, so they are thick enough to support the crisp tostadas.
     Spoon a generous amount of the Jalapeño Tomato Sauce on the plate around the eggs.
     Place the fried plantains on the plate.
     Insert the crispy tortilla halves into the eggs, so the tortillas stand vertically.  
     Sprinkle 1 bias sliced green onion over the sauce and eggs.

     Everyone likes good cheese eggs.  Especially Mexican cheese eggs!  

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