Huevos Rancheros and the Breakfast Burrito
If your posse is starting their day when the rooster crows, there is no better reason to belly up to a great breakfast bar than for a hearty meal of Huevos Rancheros and the Breakfast Burrito.
These rib-stickin’ dishes offer robust flavors, textures and delicious south of the border promise of Mexican flair. Typically, Huevos Rancheros own a lightly fried corn tortilla hosting fried eggs topped with a chili-tomato sauce. Easily spark up flavors even more with re-fried beans, avocados or colorful diced peppers and onions. Some folks enjoy a generous sprinkling of grated cheeses, lettuce and creamy dollops of sour cream to enhance this satisfying and nutritional spectrum.
But man does not live by scrumptious Huevos Rancheros alone. Do breakfast, lunch and dinners right adding a Breakfast Burrito designed to please. Warm, supple flour tortillas stuffed to the brim with eggs, cheeses, meats and veggies galore, topped with tongue-tickling mild, medium or hot salsas are the deal-of-a-meal answer for an authentic Mexican feast.
The best part about both of these dishes is their versatility. Mix and match the two together or re-invent the wheel by adding unusual ingredients such as capers, anchovies or wild game bird eggs. Felices comiendo!
For people in the USA the classic breakfast meal, Eggs Benedict, is very close to being a standard menu item for restaurants that serve breakfast. Eggs Benedict are done by toasting a whole English muffin then adding layers of toppings that include ham or bacon then adding poached eggs. Hollandaise sauce is poured on top for the final ingredient.
Eggs Benedict, like the famous mixed drink the Margarita, origination legends abound. One tale that goes back to the 1967 tells of an account where the dish, per an account written in a letter to The New York Times Magazine writer Craig Claiborne, from American Edward P. Montgomery, was concocted by Commodore E.C. Benedict. Legend has it as written in the description of how Eggs Benedict came to be that Commodore Benedict got the recipe from his mom who it was given to by his Uncle.
Another description tells of Lemuel Benedict, a retired Wall Street stock broker, had a rough night the night before that included a lot of drinking. In an attempt to cure his crushing hangover he went into the Waldorf Hotel and ordered a meal that included bacon, poached eggs, toast with butter and a side of hollandaise sauce. According to Eggs Benedict inventor legend Oscar Tshirky, the hotel maitre d’hotel, liked the dish so much that he had it added to both the menu at the legendary Walforf Hotel.
As legends go, who invented the classic breakfast dish Eggs Benedict will most likely never be known, but when in Santa Fe, NM, we recommend you try the Zia Diner’s Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict or the Zia Diner Eggs Benedict..
Traditionally American breakfasts have been about sweet meals such as pancakes or waffles with maple syrup, donuts with chocolate frosting or sweet sugary danishes. Other items on the American breakfast table include eggs, bacon, sausage and ham. In American culture, unlike other cultures when it comes to cooking, there’s no focus on meals that can be eaten at all three meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. But as it turns out there is one dish from Old Mexico that can be and is part of the menu at all three meals in both countries and that is the ever popular burrito.
Burritos are ok for any meal of the day including breakfast, lunch or dinner. To make a burrito a large flour tortilla is used to hold ingredients like beans, rice, chicken, ground beef, pork or steak along with other ingredients like sour cream, graded cheese such as cheddar. The ingredients are layered onto the tortilla and then the tortilla is rolled to form the burrito. Mexican immigrants brought their food dish recipes with them when they came to America and then they adapted some of those dishes, food assimilation as it were, with local ingredients that some say included the development of the breakfast burrito.
A breakfast burrito is different than a regular burrito because it is made with breakfast food items like eggs, bacon, sausage or pork, plus other ingredients like cheeses, onions, green chile sauce, red chile sauce, mole sauce and sometimes salsa. Depending on where the burrito is being made will quite often determine what is put in the local breakfast burrito. Breakfast Burritos in New Mexico usually include red or green chile, while breakfast burritos in California might just have eggs, beans and cheese.
Healthy diners these days are offered breakfast burritos with egg whites, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers or spinach. Many will opt out of including breakfast meats in their breakfast burrito to reduce the fat and cholesterol count of their meal.
The ZIA DINER Breakfast Burrito – Check it out! Eggs, potatoes and asadero cheese. Rolled in a flour tortilla and smothered in red or green chile. Served with pinto beans 8.95 w/bacon, ham or sausage 10.95
Zia Breakfast Burrito – This meal comes with eggs, potatoes and asadero cheese. It is rolled in a flour tortilla and smothered in red or green chile. This dish is served with pinto beans. Bacon, ham, or sausage costs extra.
An outright Santa Fe breakfast classic, the ‘Breakfast Burrito’ is made of standard fare breakfast items rolled up inside a flour tortilla. The breakfast burrito was created and became popular in many different American menus, quite famous really in New Mexico, Texas and throughout the entire Southwest. This amazing breakfast menu item many times is made up of scrambled eggs, potatoes, onions, chorizo (red chile infused pork) and bacon. Many places have laid claim to inventing this breakfast menu classic, but no one will ever really know.
Breakfast burritos can come served with red or green chile laid inside the burrito with the eggs and other ingredients or it is quite often served as a ‘smothered burrito’ where red or green chile sauce is poured over the burrito and cheese is melted on top of the tortilla and the sauce.