Tuesday, April 27, 2010
My Venture into Breakfast Food
I could eat breakfast foods at every meal. By far, breakfast is my FAVORITE meal of the day. Bacon. Eggs. Sausage. Hashbrowns. Pancakes. No wonder my thighs rub together when I'm walking down the hall. Today's recipe can be made full-flavored (which is the nice way of saying "fattening") or it can be made more figure-friendly. I certainly love the high octane version but the lighter alternative is actually quite tasty as well.
You'll notice in the recipe below, there are quite a few ingredients. Although it is not difficult to make, you would not normally make this for a normal weekday breakfast unless you like getting up at 5:00 a.m. This would be perfect for Sunday brunch, Christmas morning, or even a Saturday night card game with the guys. I tried to incorporate several short-cuts to help everything come together faster (although I don't normally use those short-cuts when I make it myself).
I was not sure if this recipe would be "blog worthy" so I made it, took quick pictures, and drove to my mother's house with the breakfast enchiladas in-hand. My mother loathes sausage so I assumed she would hate this recipe. My teenage nephew and middle-aged sister were also visiting so it was a good chance to get input from different people. Would they like this concept? Would they think it was too spicy? Would they think it was too heavy? Would they run screaming from the house and vomit uncontrollably in my mother's front yard…again? To my surprise, they all loved it! It's always hard to please people when it comes to spiciness level. Mom thought it was just a hair too spicy for her (she thinks water is spicy). My sister, who also doesn't like spicy food, thought it could be spicier. My nephew thought it was perfect. They all agreed it would be blog worthy and cannot wait for me to make these breakfast enchiladas for them again.
You'll have to forgive my uninspired pictures. I baked the enchiladas at my place because I hate cooking at my mother's house. I normally would have plated a couple of enchiladas and made them pretty for you all but that would have taken too long and they would have gotten cold before I got to my mother's house. So, I opted to take the easy way out and photograph them while they were still in the dish. It's not as pretty this way and you don't get a sense of what they look like but my mother comes first! You know, Mother's Day IS coming up and Mother's Day is not so much a DAY in my family as it is a SEASON.
These breakfast enchiladas are meaty and creamy on the inside. They're very filling. The cheese sauce on top is to-die-for. Very cheesilicious! I hope you enjoy my latest creation. Enjoy – and happy eating!
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1 TBSP oil
1 small onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz breakfast sausage or chorizo
1 1/4 c cooked cubed potatoes or hashbrowns (I use Simply Potatoes® from the refrigerated section of
my grocery store)
Scrambled Eggs (recipe follows)
1 2-oz jar chopped pimentos, drained
1 4.5-oz can green chiles, drained
4 oz (1 cup) freshly grated cheese such as sharp cheddar, monterrey jack, or pepper jack (or a
combination of cheeses)
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 TBSP butter
5 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
Chipotle Cheese Sauce:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt (3/4 tsp table salt)
1/2 tsp pepper
2 TBSP adobo sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce (plus 1 minced chipotle pepper if you are living on the wild side)
8 oz (2 cups) freshly grated sharp cheddar, monterrey jack, or pepper jack (or a combination of cheeses)
8 fajita-size flour tortillas (about 6")
4 oz (1 cup) freshly grated cheese such as sharp cheddar, monterrey jack, or pepper jack for topping
Optional garnishes such as finely diced red bell pepper, chopped tomatoes, chopped scallions, or chopped cilantro
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat with 1 TBSP oil. When hot, add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add the sausage and cook until brown – breaking the sausage into small pieces as it cooks. Add the cooked potatoes and heat for 2 minutes to warm the potatoes through. Drain off any excess oil and transfer the sausage to a medium bowl. Set the mixture aside to cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
To make the Chipotle Cheese Sauce, heat a sauce pan over medium heat with the butter. When the butter has melted and the foaming has subsided, add the flour and whisk to combine. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, whisking often. Slowing add in the milk while whisking the sauce. Add the salt, pepper, adobo sauce, and whisk in. Heat the sauce until it barely simmers then very lightly simmer for 2 minutes longer. Turn the heat to low. Add the cheese in small amounts, whisking between each addition. Whisk until the cheese has completed melted and the sauce is smooth.
While the sauce is heating, scramble the eggs. To scramble the eggs, heat a skillet over medium heat with the butter (I use the same skillet I cook the sausage in). Once the butter has melted and the foaming has subsided, add the beaten eggs and some salt and pepper. Scramble the eggs until they are firm. Transfer the eggs to the bowl with the sausage mixture.
To the sausage and egg mixture, add the remaining filling ingredients including the cilantro (if using), pimentos, green chiles, and 4 ounces of cheese. Stir to combine. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust as needed. Gently fold in 1 cup of the Chipotle Cheese Sauce.
Spoon about 1/2 cup of the filling into the center of a tortilla. Roll it up and place it seam-side down into a 9x13" dish that has been coated with cooking spray. You should place the enchilada lengthwise in the dish so that you can get 2 enchiladas in each row running the length of the dish. Repeat with the rest of the filling. You may have a little of the filling leftover. If so, refrigerate it and use it for leftovers. Pour the remaining cheese sauce all over the enchiladas – making sure they are completely coated with the sauce. Top with 1 cup of cheese and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling around the edges. Garnish with chopped red bell pepper, tomatoes, cilantro, and/or scallions.
1) With 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce (and no chipotles), you will have a subtle background kick in the sauce. My sister, who doesn't like spicy food, says it could be spicier. My mother thought it was spicy but not too much. My teenage nephew didn' t think it was spicy. If you are very sensitive to spicy things, I recommend decreasing the amount of adobo sauce. If you really want a kick, throw in a minced chipotle.
2) To lighten the recipe, use 2% cheddar, 2% milk, fat-free tortillas, and reduced-fat sausage. You could also use egg whites instead of whole eggs.
Posted by Cooking Ventures at 7:03 PM