Burch Ranch Breakfast AKA Burch Huevos Rancheros
By Beverly Hicks Burch
When Tall & Handsome and I first met he was in New Mexico and I was in Alabama. We had to cultivate our relationship long distance and it was actually almost a year before we met in person for the first time. When we did, I knew he had to come to Alabama to meet my son who was due to return shortly from a tour in the Middle East and meet my parents.
During that long weekend, T & H did a table turn on the old “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” by wowing this Southern gal with some of his southwestern cooking. He had actually packed ingredients in his suitcases, we’re talking jars and cans folks…this was in the days before airlines started taking your firstborn and each child thereafter for checking your bags.
Other than the heady rush of meeting T & H for the first time at the airport (that gals is a story out of a movie or novel…tall, silver haired, blue-eyed cowboy walking out of the airport in jeans, boots and cowboy hat and “oh, well…I’m road kill” was stamped on my forehead), my memories include homemade breakfast burritos and fajitas. He knew I could cook…now he was showing me he could cook 😉
Several weeks after he returned to New Mexico, T & H invited me out there to attend the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta…something I had wanted to see for years. And boy did he rock the occasion…we had VIP passes…
I also was treated to many sights in the area and some of the best food. One place T & H made sure to take me was to a little place called The Range Café in Bernalillo, NM. The Range is known for just great food, but in particular T & H wanted me to try the Huevos Rancheros…or Ranch Eggs. Let me tell you, you WANT to have this dish at least once no matter what time of the day you go to The Range. They claim to serve up the best in the area!
Now here’s a little unknown secret about me…I do not, repeat DO NOT eat fried eggs, sunny side up eggs, poached eggs or any other kind of egg that is runny…no, sir…no way no how… But, The Range was flexible and accommodating enough to serve my eggs up scrambled 🙂 Just like T & H, I had mine with green chile, but they have red, too if you prefer.
When T & H moved to Alabama I think half of the truck was full of Hatch green chilis and other of his beloved southwestern ingredients. I’m sure he thought it would be a long, long time before he’d eat some of his favorite dishes. But, not only can Bev cook…she’s culinary flexible, too. Not only does he enjoy his beloved dishes here, but in some cases like with Posole, he probably gets it more often…
One of the things he likes to cook up and we enjoy for breakfast, lunch or even dinner is Huevos Rancheros. And let me tell ya…they are darn good…I say as good as The Range, but then again I bet I’m partial. We’ve made this several times for my folks and they really enjoy them, especially Daddy who has always enjoyed food with a little spice.
We had a batch late this morning. This meal is a good meatless meal packed with protein and one that will stick to your ribs for a while. So, for grins, I’d like to share Burch Ranch Breakfast or Burch Huevos Rancheros…
Burch Huevos Rancheros
4 eggs, cooks to your preference
1 can pinto beans or black beans
Potatoes O’Brien or Hash Browns
1 can green enchilada sauce
1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
1. In a small saucepan or microwaveable dish heat beans.
2. Combine enchilada sauce and green chilies and warm in a small sauce pan or microwave dish.
3. Cook Potatoes O’Brien or Hash Browns according to directions. Use the amount of potatoes you like…
4. As potatoes near their cooking end, prepare the eggs. Allow 2 per person. (T & H “fries” his in a non-stick pan with a little Pam; I scramble, yes, scramble mine.)
5. Plate the eggs, beans and potatoes…enough for one person per plate.
6. Spoon over the desirable amount of green enchilada sauce over the entire plate.
7. Sprinkle grated cheese over the entire plate and pop in microwave for a few seconds to make sure cheese melts.
8. Serve with a warm buttered flour tortilla.
T & H’s Huevos Rancheros – Fried
Bev’s Huevos Rancheros – Scrambled
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