Saturday, November 03, 2012

Huevos Rancheros

My son Andy's birthday was this week and after everyone checked their busy schedules it was decided that Saturday brunch was when our family could all get together and celebrate. This seemed to me the perfect opportunity to try out my new tortilla press, so I made Huevos Rancheros.

Making the tortillas was a piece of cake. Three ingredients: masa (corn flour that has been treated with lime), salt and water. Mix together until it is about the consistency of playdough, then divide into balls about the size of a pingpong ball. I started pressing between two sheets of waxed paper, but they stuck a little, so I switched to plastic freezer wrap and that worked like a charm.

I baked them on my cast iron griddle and then flipped them into a tortilla warmer to keep them warm. It all went really fast and I soon had 20-some tortillas.

For the huevos, I put three tortillas on each pre-warmed plate (they are smaller than the store-bought ones), spooned a little hot ranchero sauce (made from the last of our tomatoes) over the tortillas, topped with two fried eggs per plate, a blob of refried beans, a couple slices of avocado, a sprinkle of shredded cheese and more ranchero sauce. Served bacon on the side because everything is better with bacon. And by the way have you tried Trader Joe's applewood smoked, uncured bacon? It is really, really good!

Enjoyed by all! They were really delicious, if I may say so myself. I'll use a little more sauce the next time I make these. Happy Birthday, Andy. This could become our new birthday meal.


  1. I like the sound of this new birthday tradition. My birthday is in May. Should I come and visit?!

  2. You bad girl! My mouth is a waterfall now. lol :) That looks absolutely delicious. What's better then fresh-made tortillas? yum!

  3. You know, MY birthday is in another month......

    We're getting a TJ's soon! I'll have to get some of that bacon. Thanks for teh tip.

  4. That looks just delicious -- a delightful celebration. I hope there was some kind of cake too!

  5. I got hungry just reading and the picture made me even hungrier.

  6. Funny- you just drew me a skillet of sizzling bacon! Must be on your brain now! (I'm about to tackle tamales today with my masa- I'm going to make a ton of them so I have some for the freezer for emergencies.) Emergency Tamales! Now that's a concept.