Breakfast Flautas ~ Egg, cheese and salsa rolled in a flour tortilla and baked to be a crispy, but non-fried flauta, garnished with fresh cilantro, sour cream and salsa.Elizabeth and I recently went to Southern California to visit our family. It was a trip sorely needed. The sunshine was utterly rejuvenating. Turns out we fled Utah just in time to miss a blizzard. Once we got home, we brought the sunshine with us. In fact, it’s 11:45 at night (yes, I’m working late,) and my windows are still open. They’ve not been opened since October maybe.
This wonderful weather has meant I have walked to the mailbox instead of just driving by it when I come home from errands. Elizabeth and I have played in the yard, although it’s not in the best shape yet. She’s colored the sidewalk solid pastel colors with her chalk. But most importantly, the flip flops are coming out again.
The sunshine has really helped me work a little less and play a little more.
And the timing couldn’t be any more perfect. April 30 is Día del Niño, Day of the Child. This festive holiday is celebrated in Mexico and in many Latin American countries as way to appreciate and even honor children. Communities come together to have special events and activities, and I dare say is a time that many adults get to revel in the joys of their own childhoods. Adulting is hard, and what better excuse is there to just let loose and enjoy some of those things we loved to do when life was simpler for all of us.Elizabeth’s desire to cook with me in the kitchen ebbs and flows, depending on her mood, what’s on TV, who’s outside playing, and how bored she is. There are times that I require she join me, as I want her to develop cooking skills at a young age. Other times, I want her in there because I think it would be fun for her to get her hands dirty. Making these breakfast flautas was one of those times I wanted her in the kitchen to play with food.
- 8 small flour tortillas
- 10 eggs
- Salt/Pepper; to taste
- 1/2 cup Herdez Salsa Casera medium; plus more for dipping
- 4 oz Monterrey Jack cheese; shredded
- Sour cream (optional, for dipping)
- Cooking spray/oil/butter
- Chopped cilantro optional
Preheat the oven to 400°.
Whisk the eggs together with some salt and pepper.
Heat a small (6-7") frying pan on medium, grease with spray/oil/butter.
Once the pan is hot, add 1/4 cup of the beaten eggs to the pan, take care to cover the entire bottom of the pan.
Add 1 tbsp of the salsa to the eggs.
Once the eggs set and look almost cooked, flip them over.
Cook until done.
Grease a small casserole with cooking spray/oil/butter
Place the cooked egg on top of a small (soft taco size) flour tortilla that has been sprinkled with a sparse amount of cheese.
Line the egg to the edge of the tortilla, then pull the egg over the tortilla's edge ever so slightly.
Sprinkle with cheese, about 1/2 oz and then roll.
Once the entire egg and tortilla have been rolled, if there is egg overlapping, cut the excess off. (This happened occasionally as the tortillas were not uniform in shape and size.)
Place in the casserole, seam side down.
Repeat until all the eggs have been cooked and tortillas rolled.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the tortillas have browned and crisped.
Add both sour cream and Herdez salsa to bowls for dipping.
Garnish with chopped chopped cilantro if using.
Allow the flautas to cool to be handled, then serve, dip, and enjoy.
Cooking with Elizabeth is important to me. But I am not going to force her to do it with me, as I want her to have happy feelings towards the activity, not painful memories like being made to brush her teeth or wash her hair, which if she knew about the Geneva Conventions, she might report me.
Sharing my love of cooking is important to me. To me, it’s more than a necessary life skill, it’s full of passion and love. There are very few things in life that give me more pleasure than cooking for those I love. I want to pass that on to her, so for Día del Niño, as much as I want to play and do all the things she loves, which include hours of playing My Little Pony, coloring, and playing on the swings (although I draw the line at playing with sidewalk chalk, I can’t touch the stuff), I want her to share in the things I love, hoping to pass on my love and passion.
Herdez is celebrating Día del Niño along with a special “Celebrate your Chef” Giveaway. This giveaway is hosted on Herdez’s Facebook and Instagram channels. You could win:
– Grand Prize: 2 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $1000
– 2nd Place: 1 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $300
– 3rd Place: Child cooking gift basket
– Weekly prizes/honorable mentions: Child size Día del Niño apron.