Chilaquiles

I am sure that you realized from Lauren’s delicious pizzas that we are writing about breakfast this week.  I love making breakfast, but do not do it that often.  Even though we work from home, our mornings are jammed pack.  I have a routine that involves getting up early, hitting the gym, showering, getting ready for the day, making coffee, and commuting to my desk.  No matter how hard I try, breakfast usually is not part of that routine.

When I do have time to really think about making the first meal of the day, I tend to go the extra mile.  Waffles.  Pancakes.  Omelets.  Or one of our favorite dishes, Chilaquiles.  A spicy Mexican breakfast treat.

The first time we enjoyed chilaquiles we were on holiday in Mexico.  It only seemed appropriate to eat what the locals were eating at one of the small, local cafes.  We simply pointed to the diners next to us and said we’d have the same thing.  Minutes later large plates arrived piled with crispy tortillas, spicy red sauce and scrambled eggs.  It was the perfect way to start the day.

My recipe has changed since first making chilaquiles at home.  Instead of using pre-made tortilla chips, I make my own.  I don’t use canned tomatoes.  I use fresh ones.  During the summer I use dry farmed tomatoes and rest of the year I use fresh plum or Roma.  I also add chunky pieces of chorizo to the homemade red sauce.  I top the hearty mixture with a perfectly poached egg.  Now this is the perfect way to start the day.  Don’t  you think so?

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Denise believes anything can be made at home as long as you have a little patience, and time.  All of her recipes are made using fresh and seasonal ingredients.  Her recipes have been featured on Eat Boutiquethe Mushroom ChannelSaveur.comFoodies of the WorldPBS and Fine Cooking.  

She, also creates the recipes on the popular food blog Chez Us.  Saveur has featured Chez Us as one of 50 Food Blogs You Should Be Reading as well as one of the Sites They Love.  Be sure to read more about what they are cooking up over at Chez Us.