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Omelette with spicy chorizo and avocado

Chorizo omelette_A Bite of Latin America

If you have a passion for chorizo, a mildly spicy sausage, then the following recipe will have you bounding out of bed for breakfast, says author Suzie Chatz-Anderson. The recipe appears in her culinary dairy entitled 'A Bite of Latin America'.

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
70 g chorizo meat removed from its skin and crumbled (if using Spanish chorizo, which does not crumble, peel and cut into very small pieces)
1–2 deseeded and diced fresh green chillies
2 trimmed (including the green ends) and sliced spring onions
1 large, very ripe tomato
Salt and black pepper
(for coating the pan) 1 Tbsp olive oil
3 large eggs
2 Tbsp milk
Salt and black pepper
1/2 sliced avocado
1/2 sliced tomato
chopped fresh coriander leaves
warmed tortillas, arroz rojo or toast avocado

Method

1. To prepare the filling, warm the oil in a small pan over medium heat; once hot add the chorizo, chilli and spring onions.

2. Immerse the tomatoes in boiling water for a few minutes to loosen the skin, then peel, discard the core and roughly chop.

3. Add the chopped tomato to the filling mixture, season to taste and cook, covered, over low heat for 10–20 minutes until disintegrated (the longer the better).

4. While cooking the filling, prepare the omelette. Lightly coat a 15-cm nonstick pan with the oil and leave to warm over a medium/high heat.

5. In a bowl, gently whisk the eggs with the milk, salt and black pepper.

6. Pour the egg mixture into the preheated pan and swirl the mixture around so that a thin layer sticks to the sides. Leave to cook for about 5 seconds without moving the pan, then, as the omelette is almost set, swirl any remaining liquid mixture around the pan to thicken the crispy edges.

7. Once these edges start to pull away from the pan, place two-thirds of the chorizo filling on one side of the omelette (leaving a margin around the edges).

8. Cook until the edges have completely pulled away from the pan.

9. Run a spatula all the way around the pan to ensure the omelette is not stuck and then gently fold the one side over the filling.

10. Leave to sit in the pan for about 30 seconds after removing from the heat before using a spatula to slide the omelette onto a plate.

11. Top the omelette with the remaining third of the chorizo mixture, three slices of avocado, three slices of tomato and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Serve immediately with warm tortillas, arroz rojo or toast.

A Bite of Latin AmericaThis recipe is courtesy of A Bite of Latin America: A Culinary Diary by Suzie Chatz-Anderson, published by Human & Rousseau. Available at good book shops for approximately R340. 

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