My birthday party continues! There is no birthday party with out a cocktail. At least at my house. A cocktail makes the whole night sing. My signature birthday cake is a Black Forest Cake and I was dying to figure out how to get those flavors into a cocktail. So I did it.
The best brunch I know is the Huevos Rancheros at Norma's in Palm Springs. You can read everything I like to do with my family on this blog post here. If you aren't planning a trip to the desert soon, then make these Huevos Rancheros at home - they were inspired by Norma's but I added a boat load of sausage to jazz things up.
SKILLET HUEVOS RANCHEROS
Cook onion and chorizo together in a skillet until chorizo is cooked through and onion is soft. Stir in black beans.
Lay one tortilla in a large skillet and top with sliced cheese. Add the other tortilla on top of the cheese and cook 2-3 minutes over high heat until tortilla is crispy on the bottom. Remove from heat.
Pour chorizo mixture over top the tortilla sprinkle tomato over top and create four small ‘wells’ in the toppings. Crack and egg into each of the wells.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until egg whites have set completely but yolks are still tender. Top with sour cream, avocado, and cilantro to serve. Add some hot sauce too!
2 large ‘burrito style’ tortillas
8 oz jack cheese, thinly sliced
1 can black beans, drained
1 lb chorizo
½ yellow onion, sliced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
½ cup sour cream
½ cup cilantro, chopped
It seems like the ultimate summer cocktail - the Tom Collins. Mostly because I hear about it in the movies. Then I discovered it's basically gin spiked lemonade and I was like H-E-L-L-O! So here it is, my version with a little sparkling water to top it off. And unlike it's original, it's spelled the way Thom was meant to be spelled, the way my dad spells it. Consider it an homage to him. He who loves gin and likes to say he shorted "Thomas" by just dropping the "ass."
Hardy har har and cheers my dears.