Our time in San Diego has been a blast. That was mainly to the fact that we didn’t pressure ourselves into any kind of activity. Instead we just relaxed at the beach, ate comfort food and busied ourselves with tasting local beer. It’s safe to say we had a few culinary highlights but my very favorite was going out for brunch and eating Tostada Rancheros.
Once back home this was pretty much the first thing I had to recreate! In form of a skillet dish!
Let’s talk brunch for a second.
For me as a German there’s something magical about going out for brunch in America. The first thing I have never seen in Germany but seems to be a brunch staple in the States is bottomless mimosas. This alone should be enough to be completely gaga about brunching.
The next thing is actually real brunch food! When I see a real brunch section on a restaurant’s menu I get really excited. Embarassingly excited.
Brunch isn’t a big thing here. In Germany you go out for breakfast. You can get sweet and savory options but in the end of the day it’s always an assortment of bread and sweet spreads, cheese, cold cuts and eggs. If it get’s fancy there’s fruit and granola or maybe pancakes. Sometimes there is a potato dish. Breakfasts here are usually pretty good but most of the time that’s not what my savory loving heart craves. Like Tostada Rancheros.
If you are lucky and find a place that serves brunch this usually means there will be a buffet. And on this buffet you find the typical breakfast foods plus different lunch foods. You find salads and meat, fish, several side dishes and in Bavaria also white sausages. So when you go out for brunch here you can eat a mix of breakfast food and lunch food but there is no real brunch dishes. Let’s all pity us for a second!
Luckily I am not a newbie in the kitchen. So instead of moaning the fact that Germany hasn’t hopped on the brunch train (yet) I rolled up my sleeves and recreated my favorite brunch dish so far.
This Tostada Rancheros Brunch Skillet definitely is a reason not to be too upset about the lack of brunch dishes on the menus here. Because it’s awesome. You can whip this up in less than 15 minutes and enjoy a filling and nutritious meal.
What absolutely draws me in is the abundance of different flavours and textures. Every component provides a new taste experience and together they compement each other so nicely. The cheesy bean and corn base provides a creamy touch. The tostada adds some crunch. For the ranchero sauce I decided to take a short cut and varied my salsa recipe a bit. It is super fresh and adds a nice hot touch to the whole dish. This is the extra kick this dish needs. Top it with an egg and some avocado because EVERYTHING is better with an egg and avocado on top.
This Tostada Rancheros Brunch Skillet is super filling thanks to the combination of carbs, fat and protein. So it will easily keep you fueld until you want that afternoon snack.
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can sweet corn
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 1/2 cup sweet cream or milk (the milk will make it a little less creamy)
- 1 tsp bell pepper powder
- 1 cup tomato, diced
- 1 spring onion
- 1 T lime juice
- 1 tsp habanero sauce (or other hot sauce)
- a pinch of salt
- 4 tostadas (can sub each for a handful of tortilla chips)
- 4 fresh eggs
- 1 avocado
- In a pan heat the black beans and corn. Add the cream and bell pepper powder and let simmer on low heat for about 2 min. Add the graded cheese and keep simmering until the cheese is melted completely and a creamy sauce has formed
- In the meantime chop the spring onion and give it to a small bowl.
- Add the diced tomato, the salt, the habanero sauce and lime juice. Stir through and set aside
- Bake the tostadas in the oven according to directions on the package. This should take about 3-5 min
- Fry or poach your eggs
- Cut your avocado
- Place your tostadas in the pan and fill with the ranchero sauce. Top them with your eggs and add the avocado
- Until very recently I had never poached an egg. I followed the instructions provided in this video. http://www.jamieoliver.com/videos/perfect-poached-eggs-3-ways-jamie-oliver/
So after I have been introduced to the concept of brunch (not the weird breakfast morphes into lunch buffets) I wonder why we still keep up eating breakfast and lunch instead of just having brunch every day. I am sold to this idea. In fact maybe I thy to make that a thing here! More cheese recipes to come!
Are you a fan of brunch?
Happy weekend guys! Go make yourself some brunch!