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Southwestern Holiday Brunch

Southwestern Holiday Brunch

Hot chiles, fresh tortillas, and creamy refried beans define family gatherings for this native New Mexican.

The memories of childhood become what our bodies and souls crave when we are far from home. For my children and me, the fragrance of pinto beans and red chiles simmering, carne adovada roasting, and flour tortillas hot from the comal make us feel as much at home as the crisp blue skies and snow-capped peaks of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

As is the case with many families, mine is now spread far apart, and it is difficult for us to come together during the holidays. Last year, I traveled most of Thanksgiving Day to join friends and family. I arrived with no food in hand, just as everyone was sitting down to eat dinner. In my culture, taking food to a family gathering is traditional, and very much a custom of my own. Unable to bring anything, I felt small.

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We dined on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and other traditional dishes. The meal was delicious, love and laughter abounded, but I found myself wishing for certain dishes that had shaped my memories of past holidays.

To fill the void, I decided to host a brunch a couple of days later and prepare some of the New Mexican dishes that remind me of home. The meal provided a great way to say thank you to my hosts and to continue the celebration during the weekend. These are the foods my mother and grandmothers prepared for the holidays and every day. With this menu, I may have started a new tradition.


Six A La Minute Shavuot Brunch Recipes

Quick 20 minute prep. There’s something for everyone at this perfect Shavuos brunch. Use “à la minute” techniques to individualize delectable breakfast cuisine.

After a night of Torah learning, a fresh breakfast hits the spot. This is the time for à la minute fare. In the culinary arts (which always sounded to me like painting with ketchup), à la minute refers to a style of cooking where an item, or particularly its accompanying sauce, is prepared to order, rather than prepped in advance.  

You can make elements of this breakfast à la minute, and prep some ahead of time, so you are not at the stove while everyone else is enjoying the yuntif feast. It has some savory dishes, sweet sides, southwestern influences, and a little smoked salmon for good measure.

For an even quicker take on the guac—mash avocado and season to taste with salt and a squeeze of lemon. Instead of poaching the eggs, try over easy, sunny side up, or scrambled.

This recipe only makes one omelet because you really can’t make more than one at a time.  If you are serving several for brunch, make them all beforehand and keep them whole. Warm the prepared omelets on a greased sheet pan in the oven, warming drawer or on a hot plate.  Then, cut in half just before serving.  Lay it right over a bagel and cream cheese for the ultimate breakfast experience.

Slice and serve wedges out of this hearty pretty frittata—just divine with a dollop of sour cream and a touch of salsa.

Prep the night before and place in a warm and toasty oven in the AM
(If you don’t keep your oven on over yuntif you can bake this in advance and just reheat on a hot plate or in a warming
drawer.)

OMG, this is a richly decadent creamy twist on your everyday pancake. It’s dressed up enough for your holiday table, but will become a Sunday brunch staple.

Here is how to get perfectly round pancakes - use a griddle pan with circular indentations—or drop the batter into big metal cookie cutters

Prosecco is the traditional choice, but the Cava is lovely also.

For a non-alcoholic, kid-friendly version, use seltzer or Sprite instead of Champagne.  Now everyone can join in the festivities!


Recipe Summary

  • 2 medium red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 3 scallions, cut into 1/4-inch slices (reserve 1 for garnish)
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast seasoning
  • 1 package (8 ounces) plain, pasteurized organic tempeh, crumbled
  • 1 medium avocado, coarsely chopped
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring potatoes to a boil in a pot of salted water. Cook until knife-tender, about 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl set aside.

Heat remaining oil over medium heat. Cook jalapeno, scallions, tomatoes, beans, yeast, and tempeh, stirring, until tomatoes begin to break down, 5 to 7 minutes. Add potatoes and cook until heatedthrough. Remove pan from heat and gently stir in avocado. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with reserved scallion.


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Because it’s the weekend, and our kids will be home, I’m whipping up some yummy recipes. My secret to being able to feed lots of guests (without breaking the bank) is to keep menu planning really simple. Which can mean a few inexpensive foods, like these Southwestern Mini Quiches, plus chilis, soups, and recipes easily made in bulk that are not only easy, but healthy, too.

These muffins are the perfect “bite,” but also yummy served with rice bowls, or even a giant taco salad.

We’ll be getting together with family and friends this weekend … and because “communing” is all about being vulnerable, getting to know each other better, extending ourselves (maybe we stay at the table a little longer, to listen more), we also learn to love each other more!

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How is Southwestern Coleslaw made?

  • For ease, start with a bagged coleslaw mix, one that has green and red cabbage along with shredded carrots.
  • Chop the tomatoes. My preference for this recipe is roma tomatoes because they don&rsquot tend to be overly juicy.
  • Finely chop the onion and jalapeno pepper. By finely chopping them, the flavor will be equally distributed in the salad and you won&rsquot bite down on a big chunk of pepper or onion.
  • Make sure the black beans are rinsed and well drained.
  • Whisk together the lime juice, honey, oil, vinegar, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Mix everything together in a large bowl and let it hang out for a bit to let the flavors develop.


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Add a little heat to your favorite brunch dish, Southwestern Eggs Benedict with Jalapeño Hollandaise has chorizo sausage, egg, avocado and creamy, spicy jalapeño hollandaise. All piled high on a cornbread english muffin, THIS is your new favorite breakfast.

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Southwestern Eggs Benedict with Jalapeño Hollandaise is simple to make. Chopped smoked chorizo sausage is nestled on top of a lightly toasted corn bread english muffin. I like the Thomas’ English Muffins for this recipe, they’re pretty easy to find and super soft so they soak up some of the chorizo flavor. Top the sausage with a perfectly poached egg, then layer on some avocado to tame the heat….THEN drench in the hollandaise. Incredible. Don’t you think? Happy brunching, my friends!


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