Tortilla Torta: White Corn Tortillas For Breakfast

Cookthink's Root Source Challenge #26 is Tortilla Chips! After winning their plum challenge with pizza with plums, onions, Gorgonzola, and pine nuts, I was excited to enter a recipe using tortilla chips. However, coming up with an original recipe that featured tortilla chips as a key ingredient wasn't easy. Of course I thought about Mexican lasagna, chips and dips (especially Jenny's special chicken dip!), but that did not seem exciting enough.

I then remembered a dish my dad makes with soaked matzo, eggs, milk and oil. That was my inspiration for this Tortilla Torta.

a few hand-fulls of white corn tortillas
hot water
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
2 eggs
salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped

1) soak tortilla chips in 1/2 hot water and 1/2 milk mixture. Press the chips into the liquid and soak for about 5 minutes.

2) meanwhile, cook the red onion in the oil for about 2-3 minutes
3) squeeze the water/milk mixture from tortilla chips (reserving a few tablespoons of the liquid). Add the soaked tortilla chips to the onion mixture and cook for a few minutes until golden brown.

4) mix two eggs with some of the remaining milk/water mixture, season with salt & pepper. Pour the egg mixture over onion/tortilla chips and let cook covered on low heat for about 6 minutes.

5) after 6 minutes, slide the torta on a clean plate and then flip the entire thing back into the pan and cook uncovered for 2 minutes.

7) slide the cooked torta on a cutting board, cut into wedges and serve immediately sprinkled with fresh parsley!

Thoughts: I'm quite pleased with how this dish came out. The edges of the torta were crispy thanks to the oil, while the center was soft and moist. The onions definitely added a little bite, and the parsley added a bit of freshness.

Variations: Try different flavors of tortilla chips, or adding some vegetables into the mixture. This is a great idea for brunch.


cia007girl said...

Yum! Some jalapenos and sharp cheese or queso fresco.

BlueToYou said...

Kind of reminds me of potato pancakes as well as Matzah Brai (however you spell it). Agreed with Anna you should put a little melted cheese or jalapenos on there. Or maybe just some sour cream with shallots?

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

How funny that is just what I was thinking that this reminded me of Matzo's and eggs that my Mom used to make fur us all the time when we were kids. This will be a fun one to make and I ditto the suggestions above as far as fun add on's. This is a killer "base" per say one that you could continue to change up and really have fun with.