Monday, January 4, 2016

Huevo Ranchero Rápidamente al Vapor (Steamed Rancher-Style Egg Pronto!)

Huevo Ranchero with Flour Tortilla
Developed Jan 4, 2016. Makes one serving in about 8 minutes cooking time.
60 g (2 oz) prepared tomato salsa (medium)
1 large egg
cooking spray
1 green onion, thinly sliced 
1 flour or corn tortilla
Prepare a steamer and bring to a boil. Treat a 250 ml (8 oz) glass bowl with cooking spray. Add the salsa, and place in steamer. After four minutes, remove the cover carefully, make a depression in the hot salsa, and crack the egg into the hollow, taking care to keep the yolk intact. Sprinkle on the onions, replace the cover, and steam for four to six minutes more, until the egg is poached. Remove and let stand loosely covered for a few minutes to cool and finish cooking. Loosen the food around the edge with a spoon and slide the serving onto to a small plate, paired with the tortilla, briefly steamed and folded. Serves one. Variation: Substitute a tablespoon of grated cheese such as queso cotija, parmesan, or sharp cheddar for the green onion.

Improvised Steamer for Plates and Shallow Bowls

Folding Steamer Basket with Handle Removed
Recorded January, 2016. Used for decades in our kitchen to prepare dim sum appetizers, fish, seafood, meat, vegetables, hard-cooked eggs, and even huevos rancheros. Steaming offers many advantages: Hands off cooking, no risk of drying out or burning the food, energy efficiency, retains juices and nutrients. Bowl lifters are available online for a modest sum. They make handling hot plates much safer and secure. 
10 inch sauté pan with tight-fitting cover
Stainless Steel Collapsible Steamer Basket (available online or in specialty stores)
Add water to a depth of 2 cm (3/4 inch), remove handle from basket, spread open in the pan, and cover. Bring to a rapid boil over high heat. Carefully place a plate or shallow bowl with food on it, and replace the cover. Lower heat to medium to maintain good steaming. Most dishes require 8 or more minutes. To safely remove a dish, lift the cover toward you so steam will vent away from the cook, and set aside. Using a spatula, tongs, or bowl lifter, carefully remove the plate or bowl and serve.