"Eggs Benedict" Mexican-Style.... or Poached Egg on Hash browns with Salsa Roja. I think I just invented a new dish... well, sort of. I admit this dish was mostly inspired, though the finishing touch was my own personal attempt at creating a dish I had never had or made made before... In the process, I named the dish, "Eggs Benedict Mexican-style". It's my new favorite brunch dish, as it's so much healthier than the classic Eggs Benedict... which I allow myself on rare occasions. Actually, this could very well be my signature dish.... because, nowadays, everyone has to have a personal signature dish:). But seriously, I'll have to give credit where credit is due...
After making a couple of Rick Bayless's salsas, from his book Mexican Everyday, I happened to leaf through some of his other recipes. As a side note in his book, he mentioned a breakfast dish he and his wife had made... in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary. It was a simple dish consisting of some hash browns smeared with a bit of guacamole, topped with a poached egg, and a sprinkling of some chopped cilantro. So simple, that I wondered why I had never thought of it. Oh, I'll make breakfast using hash browns, eggs, and guacamole or salsa. But to put them together like he did, well, I'll be honest.... I never thought of it before.
So that's when I got inspired to make his dish... just like he mentioned it in his book. It sounded so good to me, that I knew I'd make it. And because I had just made his salsa roja, an idea came to me. Why not make Mexican-style eggs benedict? That's where my dish differs a bit from Rick Bayless's.... the addition of the salsa roja. The salsa makes the dish that much better(in my opinion).... and it mimics the classic eggs benedict. Pretty unique, I thought.
The mexican-style version is also much lighter in calories, is gluten-free, and.... well, it's different. I have to say this was a winner of a recipe for us! We loved it....and it made our Saturday morning breakfast so much better.
Will be making the dish again.... made it again, and loved it just as much:). Hope you enjoy...
Note: While you can use store-bought hash browns, salsa, and guacamole, you can also make your own, as I did. Just click on the ingredient list, and the links will take you to the recipes I made some time ago.
You will need:
1. Make guacamole and set aside.
2. Make hash browns and keep warm.
3. Poach eggs.
4. Place hash browns on individual serving plate, smear about 1 TBS guacamole and place poached egg on top.
5. Pour some salsa roja( add to taste, as the salsa is a bit tangy... but I like tangy:)) on top of poached egg, and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.... you may want to have the salsa roja at room temp, or a bit warmer.