Before I decided to cook this, I put it on my Facebook and MSN and all my friends asked, “What is migas?”
Pronounced as mi-ges (or also known as migajas in Texas) and meaning “crumbs”, migas is a traditional Spanish and Portugal breakfast dish using leftover bread or tortillas, eggs, vegetables and meat. Modern migas in Tex-Mex cuisine uses basically the same ingredients, with additional of cheese, spices and condiments. You can read more about migas here.
So, where did I got to know about this rare dish (which I think, can’t be found in any Tex-Mex cuisine establishments including Chillis’ in Malaysia)? As you can see the title, I first heard about it on the Rachael Ray show. It was previously aired on ntv7 every 11am (Monday-Friday but has been replaced with Ask Martha Stewart now), which comprise of daily topics ranging from parental guide, fashion, home improvement and lastly, culinary. Erm, in case you’re wondering, yeah, there’s a TV in my office room :p )
Rachael called it the Mighty Migas and after I watched how she prepares it, I think it’s quite easy to replicate it in my own kitchen, except a few ingredients that are difficult to find locally.
I used (for one person):
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small tomato, seeded and diced
- 1 small green capsicum, seeded and cut horizontally
- 2 pieces smoked pork sausage, sliced
- 2 pieces smoked chicken ham, sliced
- 3 pieces corn/wholemeal tortillas, torn into bite-sized pieces. Alternatively, get a pack of Chacho’s (any flavours will do)
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoon chilli sauce/Tabasco sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- juice from half a lime
- salt and grounded black pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a pan, put in the pork sausage and chicken ham and let it cook till they were slightly browned.
- Add in garlic and tortillas and cook till the tortillas begins to get crispy (You can also toast the tortillas or deep fry them separately and mix them in later).
- Put in all the veggies (tomato, capsicum) and mix well till the vegetables begin to tender.
- Pour in the beaten eggs, chilli sauce and cheese. Stir until the eggs are closed to your preferred doneness and cheese melted. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice. Serve immediately.
*I substitute jalapeño pepper (ha-la-pen-yo) with capsicum. Jalapeño pepper is one of the hottest pepper from the US.
*I also substitute chorizo with pork sausage and chicken ham as chorizo is kinda pricey here. You can find various type of chorizo at major supermarket’s non-halal section.
*I didn’t add any condiments as I found it will be too wet for my liking. You can add sour cream or salsa before serving.
You can find Rachael’s recipe from her website here, complete with video clip.
Who else tried migas?