Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Crispy Tortilla with Ham, Chile, Kale and Fried Eggs

This week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), the theme is "Sunny Side Up!". Anything that is suitable for breakfast or brunch! I've made Crispy Tortilla with Ham, Chile, Spinach and Fried Eggs for brunch. 

Crispy Tortilla with Ham, Chile, Kale and Fried Eggs, with some Cheddar cheese scattered over the top, broil until the cheese melts, for the two kids.

I've used Wholewheat Tortillas, which are first lightly toasted in a griddle pan until just lightly crisp on both sides. For the ham, I've used Honey Glazed Ham. In the recipe the side veggie used is spinach which is sauteed lightly with some red jalapenos. I have however used Kale and Hot Cherry Bomb Pepper, both from my garden pot. As for the fried eggs, I've used only one for each serving (instead of two). Place the ham on the lightly crisp tortilla, top with an egg and scatter some cheese over, then broil for a minute or two until the cheese melts. Place some of the veggie at the side and serve.

This is mine, without any cheese, but with some sprinkling of black pepper and hot sauce. Yummy!

Hot Cherry Bomb Pepper

Crispy Tortilla With Ham, Chile, Spinach, and Fried Eggs
(adapted from "Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone")
Serves 4
Four 10-inch flour tortillas
8 thin slices Black Forest Ham
3 tablespoons butter
1 small red jalapeno, finely chopped (I've used Hot Cherry Bomb Pepper)
8 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach leaves (I've used Kale)
8 large organic free-range eggs
1-1/3 cups (about 5 ounces) shredded white sharp cheddar cheese
Hot sauce (such as Cholula)

Preheat the broiler. Heat a flat griddle pan over medium-high heat. Working with 1 tortilla at a time, cook the tortillas for 2 minutes on each side, or until they are hot and slightly crisp (do not allow the tortillas to become too crisp at this point, since they will continue to crisp under the broiler). Set 2 tortillas on each of 2 large heavy baking sheets. Lay 2 slices of ham, overlapping slightly, on each tortilla.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the jalapeno and stir to coat with the butter. Add the spinach and saute for 2 minutes, or just until it wilts. Season to taste with salt, squeeze out any excess moisture, and spoon the spinach atop the ham, dividing it equally. (I've added the spinach/kale on the tortilla after the broil, just before serving).
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter on the griddle pan over medium-high heat. Crack 4 eggs into the pan, spacing them evenly apart, and cook for 2 minutes, or until the whites are set and beginning to brown around the edges. Using a spatula, carefully set 2 eggs atop the spinach on each of 2 tortillas. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and 4 eggs.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the eggs, and broil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the egg whites are set on top and the cheese has melted. Transfer to plates, and serve with the hot sauce.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), theme for this week 
Sunny Side Up!


  1. What a pretty presentation. I have to admit, I don't like kale. But I like everything else you've placed on the tortilla!

  2. This looks really good, and easy. I like easy!

  3. That tortilla looks simply delicious , Joyce ! The kale and pepper salad really brightens this breakfast fare :D

  4. The hot cherry bomb pepper looks so cutie. My kind of tortilla ... gonna make some this weekend !

  5. oh wow, looks nice, even if it has ham but thats ok, i can use turkey :). I love those cherry bomb peppers

  6. What a fun theme Joyce! I actually saw your pepper post before seeing this post. Looks like you put it to excellent yummy use, lol...I LOVE everything about this dish. I'd minus the cheese too:)

    Thanks for sharing, Joyce...

  7. I am not familiar with the cherry bomb pepper, are they as spicy as the name suggests? This looks like the perfect savory breakfast and you won me over with the kale and of course the fried egg on top. ;-)

    1. The peppers are rather mild, but they are juicy and a little sweet. I love it!

  8. What a great breakfast to brighten your day! Those cherry bomb peppers sound dangerous :)

  9. This is a great dish to kick start the day, Joyce. That cherry bomb pepper plant looks so beautiful!

  10. That's definitely my idea of a good breakfast!

  11. I like kale, but only in winter. I crave for summer and now we have local spinach, so I'll macke this with it.

  12. Fried egg on anything is a winner, especially ham and a crisp tortilla. The cherry bomb pepper sounds like a fun way to liven things up.

  13. This looks like a wonderful brunch meal. I would love it but my son would not. I am hoping he will change:)

  14. The perfect rounds of the tortilla, ham and egg dressed up the dish like a painting. Very attractive!

  15. I bought the canadian bacon to make this one and then forgot and made something else. Now I'm sorry I forgot. These look delish.

  16. This is one of those breakfasts that everyone, and I do mean everyone, would love. A perfect balance of every single food group! Extra pepper for me:)