Last egg post for a while, PROMISE.
Some of the best, most loved food comes from poverty. Chicken wings, pate, lobster, they all had very humble beginnings– they were the foods of poor people. Scrapple, pierogi, meatloaf– same– foods that rely on effort and patience instead of high-quality ingredients. In that same vein, this morning’s breakfast was the delicious result of scrounging for decadence without a trip to the grocery store.
Frito Egg Pie
4 oz ( 2 cups or so) corn chips
6 eggs, 1 tsp salt, 1 cup cottage cheese, 3/4 cup milk or cream
4 oz can chopped green chiles
12 oz shredded cheese (jack, cheddar, mozzarella, a mix, whatever)
4 scallions, chopped, white and green parts both
Toss the chips into a 2-3 quart greased casserole, mix the eggs and etc in a bowl and mix in the chiles, dump over the corn chips, top with cheese and then the scallions. Bake at 350 or so until lightly browned and no longer jiggly in the center, 40 minutes or so. Serve with salsa and sour cream. So good.
Apple French Toast (prepare this the night before)
3-4 apples, depending on size, tarter the better: peeled, cored, sliced thickly
Butter and Cinnamon
16 oz french (crusty) bread
7 eggs, 2 cups 1/2 & 1/2, tablespoon vanilla, 1 cup brown sugar
Liberally butter a 9X13 in pan, line with apples, dust the apples with cinnamon. Slice the bread thickly (1 and 1/2 inch) and fit into the pan, cutting the bread ends as needed to fill in the open spots between slices. Mix the eggs and so on until the brown sugar is dissolved. Pour the egg mixture over the bread, and smush the bread down to allow it to soak up some of the egg stuff. Dust the bread with cinnamon (lots) and cover tightly; refrigerate over night. The next day, let it sit at room temp for at least an hour to get the chill off, then bake covered with foil for 45 minutes at 350, then take the cover off and continue baking for another 15. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then dish out to include the apples and any juice/sauce with each piece. This screams out for a drizzle of maple syrup or whipped cream or, fuck the diet, some vanilla ice cream. Damn that’s good.