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2017 Recipe Contest Winner: Saucy Mama Inspired Huevos Rancheros

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We are excited to announce the winner of the 2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest...

Rebecka Evans at At Home with Rebecka! We just couldn’t get over her fantastically made Huevos Rancheros! The Poblano sauce is nearly drinkable! Rebecka will be joining #TeamSaucyMama at the 2017 World Food Championships, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Thank you to ALL who participated in our 2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest. We had some of the very best recipes ever this year, and it was stiff competition. We love all you saucy competitors and hope to see you at WFC!

Saucy Mama Inspired Huevos Rancheros

Prep Time: 20 Min Cook Time: 20 Min. Serves 4

You will need: 2 cast iron skillets, 1 medium sauce pan, 1 large mixing bowl, 1 medium mixing bowl, 2 sheet pans lined with parchment, 1 potato masher, immersion blender or standing mixer.

Ingredients:

Poblano Ranchero Sauce

½ cup Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle Marinade
¼ Saucy Mama Poblano Ranch Dressing 
½ pound (about 4) ripe plum tomatoes
4 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 small onion (about 6 ounces), quartered
1/2-pound Bacon. Reserve bacon fat
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ cups water

Hatch Green Chili-Bacon Refried Beans

One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained with liquid reserved
¼ pound cooked crumbled bacon
¼ cup reserved bacon fat
2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Chili Mustard
2 tablespoon water
Kosher salt

For Serving

2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Reserved bacon fat (about 2/3 cups)
4 corn tortillas
4 large eggs
Kosher salt
1/2 cup crumbled Mexican Cotija cheese
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, picked or roughly chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet white onion
1 sliced lime
2 sliced jalapenos
1 chopped tomato

Directions:


For the ranchero sauce: Preheat the oven to broil (550) F. and put the tomatoes, peeled garlic cloves and onion on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast the vegetables, turning occasionally, until blistered and charred in spots, about 10 minutes. Watch closely to keep from burning vegetables.

While the vegetables are charring: rough chop bacon and cook in cast iron skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Turn off the heat. Remove ½ the cooked bacon to a plate and set aside for garnish. Leave the remainder in the pan and scoop to one side of the skillet. Using a large chef spoon, remove 2/3 of the hot bacon fat and evenly distribute between the second cast iron skillet and sauté pan. (second cast iron skillet is for frying tortillas and eggs and sauté pan is for cooking ranchero sauce) Add 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard and 2 tablespoons water to the cast iron pan with the cooked bacon. Return to heat, and cook stirring for 2 minutes to deglaze the pan. Turn off the heat and set aside until ready to make the refried beans.

Continue with the ranchero sauce: put the charred vegetables and any juices from the baking sheet into the large mixing bowl with ½ cup Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle Marinade, ¼ cup Saucy Mama Poblano Ranch Dressing,1/4 cup water, ½ teaspoon salt and blend with an immersion blender until fairly smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender use a standing blender with tight fitting lid. Taste; stir in more Saucy Mama lime chipotle marinade for a spicier sauce.

Heat the tablespoon reserved bacon fat and 1 tablespoon oil in the medium sauté pan, over medium heat. Add the ranchero sauce, and cook stirring, until thickened but pourable, about 5 minutes. NOTE: The sauce will splatter when it hits the hot fat so use caution. Taste and season with salt as necessary. Cover and keep warm over low heat. If the sauce thickens too much, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to thin it out.

For the refried beans: Return the cast iron skillet with the chopped bacon to medium heat. Pour half the bean liquid into a small cup and reserve for later. Add the beans to the medium mixing bowl with about half of their reserved liquid and mash with a potato masher until smooth, then add the mashed beans, 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt to the cast iron skillet, and mash again until smooth. Mixture will be bubbly hot. Cook, stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon, until heated through. As beans cook with bacon they will become thick, add some more of the reserved liquid until they are creamy. Taste, season with salt if necessary. Using the immersion blender, blend beans and bacon until smooth adding more liquid if necessary, and cover and keep warm over low heat.


If making ahead for a group, this is the time to cool the cooked components and refrigerate in sealed containers. Reheat the components the following day while you are making the tortillas and eggs. Be sure to add a few tablespoon water to the beans before reheating.


For serving: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the bacon fat in the second cast iron skillet over medium high, and add 1 teaspoons vegetable oil. Add 1 tortilla and cook until soft, about 15 seconds. Flip the tortilla with tongs and continue to cook about 15 seconds. NOTE: Tortillas are not fried crunchy, they are cooked just to tenderize and heat through. Remove from the pan and arrange in single file to the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 3 tortillas, adding more oil if necessary. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the refried beans on each tortilla and keep warm in the oven.


Using the same cast iron skillet, heat 1-2 tablespoon bacon fat or oil, about 1 minute. Crack 1 egg at a time into the skillet and cook until the edges are crispy and whites are almost set (about 30-45 seconds) Ladle or scoop hot bacon fat over the top of the egg for 1 more minute.

Remove the tortillas from the oven, top tortillas with an egg, then return to the oven and repeat process until all eggs are cooked. Top the remaining tortillas with the remaining eggs.

For Garnish and Build: Sprinkle each with a pinch of salt, some ranchero sauce, Cotija cheese, reserved crumbled-cooked bacon, chopped avocado, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, chopped tomato, and chopped onion. Serve immediately. ENJOY!

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