Migas in the Morning (or Anytime)Patricia Mitchell
Let's say you're in Austin, Texas, it's Sunday morning, and you go out for breakfast. What looks good on the menu? Chances are very good that you, like many of your fellow diners, will order migas.
Migas (pronounced MEE gas) is a Tex-Mex tangle of eggs, bits of corn tortilla, and a host of savory ingredients, from black beans, chorizo and cheese to salsa, avocado and chiles. A dish that many professed egg-haters relish, it probably can thank its existence to thrifty cooks looking to use left-over tortillas, since tortillas are an integral part of the dish. The word, migas, in fact, is derived from the Spanish word for crumbs.
Because they are an egg dish, they are traditionally served at breakfast or brunch. Like omlettes though, they can make an excellent dinner as well.
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In a skillet, over medium-low heat, sauté the bell pepper, onion and jalapeño for 2 minutes or until onion is transparent, but not brown. Stir in the black beans.
Pour the egg mixture into the skillet, and "scramble" until eggs are almost done. Sprinkle in the broken tortilla chips, and stir well. Remove the skillet from heat, and sprinkle cheese into the eggs, again stirring well.
Serve at once with additional salsa and warm flour tortillas, if desired. Makes 2 generous servings.
Individual recipe - Black Bean Migas
Chop the onion, green chiles, tomato, avocado and cilantro before you start the migas so they'll be ready when you need them.
Warm the butter and olive oil in a heavy skillet. Add the tortilla pieces and saut until softened. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it is transparent. Stir in the chopped green chiles.
Pour the egg mixture into the skillet, and "scramble" until eggs are done. Remove the skillet from heat, and sprinkle the chopped tomato, avocado, cilantro and cheese into the eggs, again stirring well.
Serve at once with warm flour tortillas. Garnish with additional salsa and crema or sour cream.
So, you've got the idea. You are limited only by your imagination. Resourceful cooks have a world of ingredients from which to choose. In addition to the ingredients called for in these two recipes, some additional possibilities for enhancing your migas are:
As long as your dish contains the requisite tortillas, you will still have migas. Of course, if you omit the tortillas, you'll still have a delicious, satisfying dish, but you won't have what they're eating in Austin.
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