Mexican Breakfast Casserole
- 6 poblano chile peppers, about 1 1/2 pounds
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 pounds Mexican chorizo, or other hot sausage, removed from casings and crumbled
- 1 cup chopped yellow onions
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 4 teaspoons chili powder
- 5 corn tortillas, quartered
- 10 large eggs
- 3 cups half-and-half
- 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions, green tops only
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 1/2 cups grated pepper jack
- 1 1/2 cups grated medium cheddar
- Sour Cream, garnish
- Picante Sauce (store bought), garnish
Roast the peppers by placing them on an open gas flame, turning them frequently with tongs until all sides are charred black, about 7 to 10 minutes. (Alternately, the peppers can be roasted under a broiler, or on top of a gas or charcoal grill.) Place the blackened peppers in a plastic or paper bag, and let rest until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Peel the peppers, split in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds and the stems.
Butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Spread the chiles in a flat layer across the bottom of the dish.
In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, stirring to break up the meat, until browned. Add the onions and bell peppers, and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Add the garlic and chili powder, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and half-and-half with the hot sauce, salt and black pepper.
Spoon 1/3 of the sausage mixture over the chiles in the dish, top with 1/3 of the tortilla quarters, and 1/3 of the cheese mixture. Repeat layering, ending with a cheese layer. Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients. Let rest, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake until bubbly and golden brown, and a knife inserted into the custard comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving. Serve with sour cream and picante sauce.
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2001