Matzo Brei, my favorite Jewish breakfast after Bagels and Lox, gets the fusion treatment here with traditional Mexican Chilaquiles. The corn tortillas in the chilaquiles are replaced with matzo and the Brei is topped with a spicy, homemade salsa, some cheese, cilantro and cream. Geshmack! Delicioso! Geshioso!
Matzo Brei Chilaquiles
1 small white onion, sliced into rings, plus 1 medium white onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 serrano chili
1 (16-ounce) can plum tomatoes
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 pieces matzo
¼ cup crumbled queso fresco or shredded jack cheese
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
¼ cup Mexican crema or sour cream
1. Make the salsa: In a dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast onion rings, garlic and chili until lightly charred on all sides, 7-10 minutes. Split chili lengthwise and remove stem and seeds. Add charred vegetables to a blender along with tomatoes. Purée until smooth. Heat ¼ cup oil in a high-sided skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Carefully add purée. (It will bubble and splatter.) Boil, stirring, until purée thickens, 5-7 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté ¾ of diced onions with remaining oil and a pinch salt.
3. While onions cook, break up matzo into a large bowl of water. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with ½ teaspoon salt. After 2 minutes of soaking, remove matzo from water and gently squeeze out excess moisture. Fold matzo into eggs and add mixture to pan with onions.
4. Increase heat to medium-high and let matzo brei cook undisturbed until brown, 1-2 minutes. Gently break it up until edges crisp slightly, 5-7 minutes.
5. Pour 1 cup salsa over matzo brei, and gently stir to coat. Cook until most of salsa is absorbed, about 2 minutes.
6. Divide chilaquiles among four plates. Top each with 1 tablespoon cheese, some of the remaining diced onion, a little cilantro and a dollop of crema.
Recipe from the Wall Street Journal
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I also learned something new from the band today. They cite ‘Takis‘ as a band interest. Hot Cheetos. Who knew?
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