Monday, February 7, 2011

An English Gal's Mexican Eggs...

So, this past Sunday was 'Superbowl Sunday'... now, as far as I can ascertain (in my house, anyway), this just means that we eat all day, and then watch American football. Breakfast was light (just a muffin), but we decided to push the boat out and eat brunch. I've got to say, brunch was something that passed me by in the UK. I was a breakfast, dinner, tea gal ('tea' being 'dinner' and 'dinner' being 'lunch'...get me? Nevermind, it's a northern thing)... every now and then, I would succumb to the old tummy rumblings and have 'Elevenses'... usually some bickies (cookies) or a pastry, but that's about as close as I got to brunch. On my arrival in the States, I found myself meeting people for 'brunch'... this newfound mealtime, where you could have either breakfast or lunch... or, in my mind, you could eat more and sleep in!

Anyhoo, originally, my favourite brunch dish was Eggs Benedict... the poached eggs then gradually gave way to Mexican Eggs... I then messed about with the ingredients at home, and 'Laura's Mexican Eggs' were born.

They always go down a treat... especially on lazy Sunday mornings.. There's quite a few ingredients in this dish, but it's worth it and, as it's lunch and breakfast, I think you can get away with it. So, this up and coming weekend, with romance in the air, why not dish up this sizzling treat to your loved one?... after all, apparently if you win over the stomach, you get the heart!

Take care all.

A Recipe for Mexican Eggs

mini tater tots or any fried potato product (two servings... you be the judge)
a handful of tortilla chips (I use multi grain)
1/2 a 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup of grated cheddar
1 avocado, sliced
2 scallions, chopped
black bean & corn salsa (you can use regular salsa)
4 heaped teaspoons of sour cream
1 small carton of grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup of cilantro (coriander), chopped
4 eggs (I personally have one, but the hubby has two)

Cook the tater tots (of other potato product like this... sauteed potatoes, potato crowns, mini hash browns etc.) as per the manufacturers instructions. Transfer to a oven proof dish.

Add the chips, black beans, scallions, avocado, chopped cilantro (reserve a small amount for garnish), and tomatoes, and cover with the grated cheddar.  Pop under the grill (broiler), until the cheese has melted and is bubbling...

While the dish is in the broiler, poach the eggs. To poach the eggs;  bring a medium size pan of water to boil. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water. When the water is bubbling gently, crack the egg into a small ramekin or bowl, gently slide the egg from the bowl into the water. (I use the freshest eggs, as these keep their shape better). Poach gently for  2 minutes for a runny yolk. Remove the eggs, one at a time, from water with a slotted spoon. I usually place on a plate and cover with a bowl to keep the eggs warm if they are ready before the dish is ready, but in an ideal world, they'll be ready at the same time!

Once the potato mixture has been removed from the grill, transfer it from the ovenproof dish onto warm plates. Add the poached eggs on top of each plate. Season with pepper and a sprinkling of the chopped cilantro. Add a couple of teaspoons (or more if you fancy) of the sour cream and the salsa.


Shared at A Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesday, pop over for some inspiration!


  1. Sounds Yummy! minus the avocado. I agree, sleeping late and having brunch and only one more meal to go on Sunday's is my kind of day! Down here we call the last meal Supper and Dinner is reserved for when you go out, ha!

  2. Oooh, that looks really yummy! I shall keep the recipe. Yes the 'tea' thing is funny isn't it? I was brought up near Manchester and we always called the evening meal 'tea'. Then when I went to live in Oxford, then London, people that I was mad!

  3. oh my gosh Laura....i adore this brunch!!
    we had it this weekend past in the father of the house is from missouri...this is one of the greatest meals to come out of america!
    add that to the organic foods in england and its a total winner!

    i am going to re-create this- using your recipe for my kids this weekend...huge thanks!!

    we found it quite odd that the brits don't *do* is our favourite meal in you can do an early beach trip, come home hungry and cook up a storm...or meet at a cafe for someone to do it for you and then head back to the surf again!

    melissa xxx
    p.s no parcel??
    i'm going to have to tell you what was in it....all bought and made with you in mind.... ;( xx

  4. Yes, that 'tea' thing has gotten me in trouble :) My neighbors came over for tea expecting a meal and I only had tea! I had to scramble to make some food - it may have been breakfast cereal :)

  5. Brunch - eat more and sleep in -- too funny! This looks yummy! xo Cathy

  6. Looks lovely Laura! but like you I think I will stick to my normal breakfast - you know the eggs & bacon one. We stayed up and watched the superbowl, (they had it live on BBC Sunday night), but I just couldn't make head nor tail of it!! I think I will stick to the Rugby!
    Have a lovely week

  7. Ooooh, yummy! Your pictures have made my mouth go into overdrive...and made my tummy rumble!!

    Your photos are gorgeous!! Mmmm....


  8. That looks so delicious. I'm going to have to wow my man with that dish. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I just finished eating Mexican Lasagna for dinner and your post now has me wanting to eat again! oh my goodness my family will LOVE this, thank you so much for posting the recipe, wishing you a wonderful day,

  10. Oh wow, this looks so delicious! So glad you posted this at A Beach Cottage. I also have a food blog, Cocina Diary, and would love it if you join us on Sundays for my Sundays at One Food Club. Hope you do!

    Angie @ Linen + verbena

  11. This is a really awesome post! I would like to invite you to link it up to my link party, Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. I hope you can join in the fun! Mary :O)

  12. Yum - delicious - scrumptious - appertising personified - want it - now. You no doubt have a very happy hearts in your home Laura. Such great photos, I can taste this meal.

  13. I don't like eggs, but the rest of it looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I shall have to give that a go sometime.

    Also, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! I'm now following yours; it's always a pleasure to meet new people :) x


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