For generations, Gashouse Eggs have been family favorites, collecting dozens of clever, amusing names. Now there’s a new game in town, the Mexican Gashouse Egg, an egg fried in a tortilla.
You know that game of ‘telephone’ we played as kids? We corral ourselves in a circle, I whisper something in your ear, you repeat the same something into the next person’s ear, all around the circle. Within a person or two, the ‘something’ turns into something entirely different. We all giggle, but absorb the grown-up lesson of how communication breaks down.
I love-love-love how a recipe ‘whispered’ into the ear of another cook inspires something entirely different. This isn’t a communication breakdown, it’s a culinary breakthrough!
So goes the joy of sharing a kitchen with a creative cook. When I raved about my dad’s Gashouse Eggs, the next morning what appeared but ‘Mexican’ Gashouse Eggs? Instead of frying an egg with bread, why not fry an egg inside a tortilla? Brilliant!
But creative cooks wield the whispers of their spoons and spatulas in their own ways.
My ‘Señora’ version is ladylike, it’s all about the tortilla as it curls and crisps in the skillet. Even so, I like to eat it with my hands, like pizza.
The ‘Señor’ version is manly, it’s all about the ‘stuff’ piled atop the tortilla, as much as it can hold so requires a fork.
The ‘Macho’ version is extra manly, adding the heft of a second tortilla and just might require a
big fork forklift.
All three are delicious, there’s no arguing that one’s better, no choosing one over the other. Add Mexican Gashouse Eggs to your menu rotation – breakfast, lunch, supper, any one or all will do – and just see what creativity yields.
MEXICAN GASHOUSE EGGS
Time to table: 15 minutes
- Olive oil
- 1 tortilla, corn or flour
- 1 egg
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Grated cheese
- Cooked mushrooms, optional
- Bacon pieces, optional
Turn on the broiler.
Heat a skillet on medium. Lightly brush the skillet with olive oil, also both sides of the tortilla. With a knife, cut a circle from the center of the tortilla. Drop the tortilla into the skillet (it should sizzle a bit), the cutout piece alongside.
SEÑORA Crack an egg into the center hole. Season with salt and pepper. Gently arrange tiny spoonsful of salsa around the egg, sprinkle the salsa with cheese. When the bottom of the tortilla is golden, transfer the skillet to the broiler to finish cooking the egg.
SEÑOR Build a moat of salsa, mushrooms, bacon and cheese around the perimeter of the tortilla, then drop the egg into the center. When the bottom of the tortilla is golden, transfer the skillet to the broiler to finish cooking the egg.
MACHO Load the entire surface of the tortilla with salsa, mushrooms, bacon and cheese. Top with a second tortilla, then drop an egg into the center.
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