So it is Tax Day. Boo hoo. Mark and I timed our marriage date poorly because we tied the knot on April 14. So every anniversary is the day before Tax Day. Needless to say, we do not go all out on anniversary presents. Once again, boo hoo.
Last night, in celebration of our 22nd anniversary and to note the fact that we have no money because it is, yes, Tax Day, I made Huevos Rancheros, a traditional Mexican dish served as a mid-morning meal on poor farms. I have some mint and rosemary growing in a pot by the garage so I think that qualifies Casa de la Mayhew as a poor farm.
And because I was doing this on the cheap I used what I already had in the pantry and fridge. I would like to say that I settled on pureed lentils from a can of lentil soup instead of re-fried beans because the lentils are healthier. But that would be a lie. Mark wanted lentil soup when he was sick about a year ago and then he got well and he didn’t want it anymore. But with the addition of some ancho chile powder and cumin it made a fine stand-in for re-fried beans.
I would also like to point out the irony that my husband will never, ever order sunny-side-eggs for breakfast but he will happily eat one when I tell him the yolk makes a “sauce.” He’s so easily led.
For the pureed lentils:
1 19-ounce can lentil soup (Progresso), drained and pureed in a blender
½ teaspoon ancho chile powder
¼ teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste
Heat the puree in a saucepan after blending.
For the tomato sauce:
½ cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon chopped green chiles
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ cup red wine
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute the onions and chiles in 1 tablespoon of oil until they are translucent and beginning to brown. Add the tomatoes, cumin, paprika, red wine, salt and pepper and simmer until sauce thickens.
8 6-inch flour tortillas
Mexican melting cheese (or any cheese you have on hand), grated
Fry the tortillas in a dry pan until they are browned and crisped. Reserve.
Heat 1 teaspoon of butter in the same pan and fry the eggs.
To assemble: Place a tortilla on a plate. Top with the lentil puree and sprinkle with grated cheese. Add another tortilla and top with the tomato sauce and an egg.