Friday, December 09, 2005

Breakfast # 9: Cheese & Chorizo Omelet

The fastest way to a delicious breakfast? Simply combine three well-loved elements into one amazingly scrumptious yet wonderfully simple meal. Case in point: cheese, chorizo, and egg. Almost effortless...and absolutely satisfying. The bonus? The fillings in this omelet were all leftovers!

Yup, as many are very much aware of, egg dishes like omelets, scrambles, and frittatas are superb ways to resurrect leftovers. In this instance, I had leftover cheese and cold cuts which were begging not be left on the wayside. So I decided to whip them into the shape of one mighty fine breakfast.

I used two cheeses here: brie and manchego (Spanish sheep's milk cheese). Manchego cheese technically should come from sheep from the La Mancha region (where Don Quixote comes from). It is a firm, crumbly cheese with a nice sharp taste (sharpness depends on the length of time the cheese was cured). When pairing cheeses this way, like for an omelet or a pizza, I like to mix ones with contrasting this case, a mild, creamy brie, with a sharper, firmer manchego. The brie provides the oozy-melty factor, and the manchego packs the punch. If you want a stronger "punch" use one of the more, um, pungent cheeses instead. I didn't up the cheese ante though because: 1. They were leftovers, so I didn't have lots of choices, and 2. I still had the chorizo and did not want to overpower its taste.

Now on to the of my favorites: chorizo Pamplona. Pamplona is where you have the running of the bulls, during the fiesta of San Fermin. Ernest Hemingway wrote about it and now they have a street named after him in the city. So between the manchego and the pamplona it looks like I had a very literary breakfast!

Recipe is simple:

- 2 eggs
- 2 slices of brie
- 2 slices of queso manchego
- 4 slices of chorizo pamplona

Beat the eggs. Heat some olive oil in a pan. Pour in the eggs. Lay your cheese and your chorizo on top. When the egg is getting a tad firm, and the cheese is looking melty, fold, flip, and serve! If it behooves you, sprinkle with a bit of pimenton dulce (smoked, sweet, Spanish paprika).

Note: I know it looks like there's a lot of oil there. Between the olive oil, the cheese, and the chorizo spewing it's wonderful orange magic, you may have a bit of an excess. So if you really have to, just pat it with a paper towel or something. I chose to mop it all up with a piece of bread...and eat it.

Another note: That bread you see slyly positioned in the top of the picture is not just any's one of a series that I am baking. I'm trying to see how long I can go without having to buy bread...and so far it's going great!


ces said...

my fridge is so full of left-overs! this is something to whip up next time..

Kai said...

Hope you post about the bread...

Pille said...

I've been to Pamplona!!! Not for San Fermin festival, but to a conference last summer, and found it to be a very nice sleepy town. Unfortunately I didn't get to try chorizo pamplona, so I should keep my eyes open next time.
Lovely breakfast post!

dexiejane said...

pardon me for licking my lips. just looking at that melted cheese is doing me

Jennifer Tan said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmm ;P your omelet sure looks delish!!! i love omelets, love eggs and defintely love breakfast! isn't the best meal of the day?? how about breakfast savory crepes?? =)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ces! I know what you mean ;)

Hi Kai! Will do! :)

Hi Pille! Thanks! I have been to Pamplona too...for San Fermin...the fiesta was so much fun! :)

Hi Dexie! Hehe...I love the oozing cheese :)

Hi Jennifer! I agree with you 100%, about omelets, eggs, and breakfast! :) Savory crepes sound great...must put on my "to-make-for-breakfast" list :)

Paz said...

Delicious sounding! And you're baking your own bread?! Wow! Cool!


tattum said...

So glad to read about Spain! I think I'm going to have one of those today. MMMMM chorizo!!!Besos

Mona said...

I love manchego-great choice! What a way to start the day:)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Paz! Thanks! Yes, have been making some initial attempts and so far so good :)

Hi Tattum! So nice to hear from you :) I have lots of yummy memories from Spain :)

Hi Mona! Manchego too! Another Spanish cheese I like, Idiazabal...check it out :)

Lera said...

This is simply Awesome! your Breakfast is so wholesome!Love your recipes!keep them coming!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lera! Thanks for dropping by and I'm glad you enjoyed the recipes :)

Chas Ravndal said...

ooohhh what a delicious looking omelette it is. I will try to cook something like that for tomorrow's b'fast

Zoubida said...

Yum Yum ! And so quick, and so easy... Quick, easy and yum are sine-qua-non in my house. Busy mornings in a hurry with 5 people to feed and encourage to go out to work or school in the sub-zero temperatures. Perfect "comfort" food... errrr... breakfast!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Chas! Thanks for taking a look at my blog :) Hope you had a good breakfast!

Hi Zoubida! Thanks! Yes, quick and easy is definitely good...especially for busy weekday breakfasts :) Cheers to you sending out a well-fed family of 5! :)