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Back in early October, 2007, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend several days at Meling Ranch, and watch Andrea Meling and her kitchen helpers cooking delicious meal for fellow guests, and the ranch staff.  This recipe of Huevos Rancheros is served to the staff and guests at least once a week, and is everybody's favorite.  If you really want to duplicate Andrea's recipe, use a wood-fired kitchen range.

Special tools:  Cast iron frying pan, or cast iron griddle, metal spatula, or George Foreman Grill; see text
Preparation time:  About 10 minutes 
Cooking time:  About 4 minutes
Yield:  1 serving 

2 eggs, fried Over Easy
1/2 cup
Refried Beans
2 corn tortillas
2 slices bacon, any brand
1/2 cup
Ranchero Sauce
2 tablespoons Kraft shredded Mexican four cheese blend, optional
1 tablespoon Mexican lard; see text
Salt and pepper to taste

If I'm camping, I use a cast iron frying pan or a cast iron griddle, but if I'm home, I used my George Foreman Grill, with the griddle attatchment, as it cooks the meal perfectly, is easy to clean, and I don't have to turn over the eggs, to get perfect eggs over easy.  There are a couple of things that I assume:

a)  You've previously made the Ranchero Sauce, and its warm
b)  The refried beans have previously made and are ready for use, e.g. warm

This recipe is geared toward a George Foreman grill, using the griddle attatchment, or any electric frying pan/griddle.  If you're camping and using a cast iron frying pan, I'm sure you can adjust where needed...

Heat grill/griddle to operating temperature.  Place tortillas on griddle, allow to heat until pliable; about 30 seconds.  Remove from griddle and set on plate.  Arrange, as per photo.  Reserve.  

Photo:  Here's the actual plate of Huevos Rancheros that I enjoyed during my visit to Meling Ranch.  I requested to be fed the same food as the staff, and to eat at the table in the kitchen.

Melt lard on griddle and spread evenly over entire surface.  Place beans on griddle and heat, for about 5 minutes, turning once with plastic spatula.  Place on plate next to corn tortillas, as per photo.

Place bacon on hot griddle surface.  After 1 minute, break eggs and cook them next to bacon.  If you're using a George Foreman grill, close lid and cook for 3 minutes; you don't need to turn eggs over.  After 3 minutes, remove eggs from griddle and place on top of tortillas.  Remove bacon from griddle and place on plate, next to tortillas.

Spoon warm Ranchero Sauce over eggs.  For an attractive presentation, don't cover egg yokes, as per photo.  Serve immediately.  If you want to add a few more calories and extra flavor, sprinkle on a couple of tablespoons of Mexican cheese.  Any way you serve this dish, you'll love it, especially if you include a glass on orange juice on the side, and a hot cup of "joe," as this breakfast is served at Meling Ranch.

Photo:  Here's my version of Huevos Rancheros, Meling Ranch.  I added bacon, and left the yokes exposed for the presentation, but the recipe is a carbon copy of the delicious breakfast served at Meling Ranch.

On the subject of lard, I go the extra mile, as the lard that I use is the brown stuff, that the "food police" hate, that is purchased in Mexico.  Mexican lard tastes like bacon grease, pure and simple, which makes for the best-tasting cooking experience that you'll ever enjoy, as the white stuff that passes for lard in the U.S. just doesn't measure up.  Yes, I know that lard isn't all that good for you, but if you don't eat it every day, who cares?  If you just can't stomach lard, no pun intended, you can use salad oil, and I've had wonderful results with olive oil.  You can also use spray, non-stick coating, egg substitutes, turkey bacon, bottled salsa; you get the idea, as there are a million variations and a thousand healthy substitutes.  However, unless you use real ingredients, you won't get the delicious, authentic taste of Huevos Rancheros, as served at Meling Ranch.


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