Today's recipe is coming to you from Bend, Oregon. Eugene and I have been visiting our friends here for the past week and it has been such a wonderful ride. From walking around town, hiking along the Deschutes River, and the topper—standing underneath a breathtaking roaring waterfall...Bend's beauty and conservation of nature has been astounding and beyond anything we could've imagined. Not only is this town a nature-lover's paradise, it's also insanely awesome for food lovers too! With organic produce stands and gourmet butcher shops...the array of specialty stores and independently owned restaurants is like none other I've ever experienced before.
This recipe for huevos rancheros is inspired by the deliciously fresh and locally farmed eggs here in Bend. And because our party of four has been thoroughly enjoying eating outside in the fresh Oregon air, I thought baking up a batch rather than frying each individual egg separately would be best. This dish is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner—just serve it with a side of beans and you have a fast, festive, and easy meal that's full of flavor, healthy, and perfect for entertaining.
- 2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped canned green chiles
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced thin
- Salt and pepper
- 4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded (1 cup)
- 8 large eggs
- 1 avocado, halved, pitted, and sliced
- 3 scallions, sliced thin
- 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
- 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
- Optional: 1 small tomato diced for garnish
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 500 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain tomatoes in fine-mesh strainer set over bowl, pressing with rubber spatula to extract as much juice as possible. Reserve 1 3/4 cups tomato juice and discard remainder. Whisk sugar and lime juice into reserved tomato juice and set aside.
2. In separate bowl, combine onion, chiles, oil, chili powder, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and drained tomatoes. Transfer tomato mixture to prepared baking sheet and spread in even layer to edges of sheet. Roast until charred in spots, 35 to 40 minutes, stirring and redistributing into even layer halfway through baking. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees.
3. Transfer roasted tomato mixture to 13 by 9-inch baking dish and stir in tomato juice mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then spread into even layer. Sprinkle pepper Jack over tomato mixture. Using spoon, hollow out 8 holes in tomato mixture in 2 rows. Crack 1 egg into each hole. Season eggs with salt and pepper.
4. Bake until whites are just beginning to set but still have some movement when dish is shaken, 13 to 16 minutes. Transfer dish to wire rack, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let sit for 5 minutes. Spoon avocado over top, then sprinkle with scallions and cilantro. Serve with warm tortillas.
TO MAKE AHEAD: The sauce can be made 24 hours in advance. Microwave until hot, about 2 minutes (stirring halfway) before transferring to baking dish and proceeding with recipe.
Inspired By: Cook's Country