Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Fresh Start

So...Happy New Year?

2015 had a rough start here. Hubs brought home some ugly bug, and before long, we both wanted to be down for the count. But, life doesn't work that way. There are always commitments and obligations and responsibilities. We tried to keep up as best we could while supplementing with cold meds and naps, but a lot of things lost priority and fell by the wayside.

3 weeks later, and we are finally shaking whatever virus attacked and getting back in the groove. I am still occasionally hacking up a lung, but overall am much better. I feel ready for the new year and a fresh start.

Let's start with breakfast. Do you like bacon? eggs? quesadillas? Bacon and Egg Quesadillas? Crispy tortillas filled with smokey bacon, fried eggs, black beans, pepper jack cheese, and served with guacamole and salsa? Any reason to have guacamole for breakfast sounds like a great start to me.

4 medium flour tortillas
1/2 pound of bacon
4 large eggs
salt and pepper
4 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed

In a medium skillet, work in batches to cook bacon in batches until crisp. Drain on paper towels.
Remove all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat from the skillet.
Fry the eggs over easy (or hard, if that is your thing) in the hot bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a platter and keep warm.
Meanwhile, heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
Place a tortilla in the (dry) skillet and sprinkle some cheese over half. Spread 1/4 cup black beans over cheese. Top with bacon and an egg. Add a bit more cheese and fold the other (bare) half of the tortilla over the fillings. Heat in skillet until tortilla become crispy and golden on the bottom. Flip and crisp the other side.
Repeat with each remaining tortilla to create 4 quesadillas.
Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve with guacamole and salsa. (Serves 4)

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