Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Big Ole Tex-Mex Burrito Omelet

We rarely have omelets for breakfast, but we love them for dinner! This recipe might seem long, but if you make the sauce ahead and prepare the fillings first, the omelet comes together quickly. It is very yummy! If you're in a hurry, you could just use salsa instead of the tomatillo sauce (although the tomatillo sauce is delicious). I just folded the omelet in half like I usually make omelets rather than in thirds as the recipe indicates.

For the Sauce

1 pound tomatillos, husked, rinsed and quartered
1 medium Vidalia onion, quartered
1 jalapeno pepper, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small bunch fresh cilantro

For the Omelets

1 link Mexican chorizo, casing removed (I used the fully cooked kind)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of paprika
1 cup mixed canned beans (pinto, cannellini and/or black beans), drained and rinsed
Kosher salt and freshly
ground black pepper
1 green bell pepper, chopped
8 large eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
Mexican crema or sour cream, thinned with half-and-half, for garnish
1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped, for garnish


Make the sauce: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the tomatillos, onion, jalapeno and olive oil on a baking sheet and season with salt and black pepper. Roast until browned, about 45 minutes. Puree in a blender with the cilantro, thinning with water as needed. Season with salt.

Meanwhile, prepare the omelet: Cook the chorizo in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, breaking it up, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Stir the cumin, cayenne and paprika into the drippings in the skillet. Add the beans and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper, then add the bell pepper and cook 1 to 2 more minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Whisk the eggs and milk in another bowl. Wipe out the skillet, reduce the heat to medium and add 1/2 tablespoon butter. Pour half of the egg mixture into the skillet and cook until the center is no longer liquid, loosening the edges with a rubber spatula and tilting the skillet to let the uncooked egg run underneath. Shake the pan to loosen the omelet, then spoon half of the bean mixture, chorizo and cheese down the center. Fold in both sides to cover the filling, then flip the omelet so it is seam-side down and cook 1 more minute. Repeat with the remaining butter, egg mixture and fillings to make another omelet. Top with the tomatillo sauce and garnish with the crema and tomato.

Yield: 4 servings

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