Pho - Vietnamese Soup

Pho - Vietnamese Soup
One of our favorite dishes - Pho

Sunday, October 16, 2011


I absolutely love cooking breakfast.  I think it's my favorite meal to prepare, especially on the weekends and during summer when all the kids and their friends are here.  To me, there's something so comforting about hearing the sounds of the hash browns, sausage and or bacon sizzling and popping away in their respective skillets.   Of course the coffee is brewing to add to all the fabulous aromas melding together, wafting throughout the house eventually awakening all the sleepy heads.  Having a home cooked breakfast together is a great way to start any day and makes me a very happy and content Mom.  =)

If you're not used to cooking with authentic Mexican chorizo, be aware that it takes awhile to cook and has a very different consistency than bulk sausage like Jimmy Dean's.  I often times substitute the chorizo for Jimmy Dean's Spicy Pork Sausage.  Refried beans would be a good side dish even though this is typically served for breakfast.

Hash brown potatoes (recipe to follow)
1 - 16 oz package chorizo sausage
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
8 corn tortillas, or semi-crushed tortilla chips
vegetable oil
8 eggs beaten
1/4 cup milk or half and half
1/2 of a medium onion, chopped
4 green jalapeno peppers. chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup cilantro, chopped
flour tortillas
pickled jalapenos, sliced

Cut the corn tortillas into thin strips.  Fry tortillas in a small amount of oil until crisp.  Set aside.  Pour oil out of the skillet and add the sausage and onion.  Cook until sausage is brown.  Drain the fat.  Add the peppers, garlic and Worcestershire and saute' for a minute.  Add the hash brown potatoes, mixing well.  Mix the eggs and the milk together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Pour eggs into the skillet with sausage/hash brown mixture.  When the eggs are almost done add the fried tortilla chips and cheese.  Garnish with cilantro.  Serve with warm flour tortillas, salsa and jalapenos.

Hash Brown Potatoes:

2 - 3 large russet potatoes
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Tony Chachere's Cajun seasoning to taste
Pepper to taste

Prick the potato with a fork about half way through and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Let the potatoes cool; dice and peel.  Saute' the potatoes in oil that has been heated in a frying pan.  Cook*, stirring frequently until golden in color.  Season and serve hot.

*If cooking bacon or sausage, we sometimes add a little of the drippings for added flavor.

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