May 28, 2010

Southwestern Scrambled Eggs

Yes, living in Southern California for over thirty years has definitely influenced my taste buds. But also, with so many fresh ingredients available in my families’ garden, I’m inspired to cook with accessible ingredients to maximize the flavors of my meals.



Weekends I like to cook. This last Sunday, I was enthused by fresh onions, tomatoes, and jalapenos growing in our garden. As many of you know, my mother loves having fresh eggs from chickens we have on our ranch. So for breakfast, I created the following recipe for my Southern Scrambled Eggs to take advantage of the colorful and flavorful ingredients found in my own back yard. Of course, this recipe will entertain your taste buds just as much if you purchase these ingredients at your local market.


Feel free to experiment with your own favorite ingredients such as mushrooms and vary the amounts according to your own taste buds. If you have tried my previous recipes, you will know that I like to use strong flavors and spice. You can choose to use less onions and peppers. Scrambled eggs are easy…have fun with this recipe and play around with the ingredients.



INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

4 large eggs
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ pound smoked turkey sausage-chopped into small pieces
¼ cup chopped purple onions
1 or 2 chopped red jalapenos- seeded if you don’t want a spicy omelet
¼ cup finely chopped green onions
¼ cup chopped red tomatoes
¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
one tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro
salt
freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil





1. In a medium sized bowel, whip eggs, cream and salt.


2. Using medium low heat, in a large frying pan, warm olive oil and sausage. Once sausage pieces are lightly browned, add purple onions, jalapenos and tomatoes. A minute later, add egg mix and lower heat. With your spatula, stir mixture from the bottom of the pan to create large, fluffy chunks of scramble eggs. Continue for a couple of minutes this process until the eggs are cooked.


3. Add cheese until melted. Last minute, stir in your green onions and serve on your favorite small serving platter. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Colors of the rainbow, fresh ingredients full of flavor, and the scent of this scrambled egg will make this a Sunday morning favorite.


Marjan

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