Black Bean, Corn & Egg Tostadas

_MG_4671If you are anything like me, there are nights that you simply don't want to go to the grocery store (although mine is a block and a half away, so I don't have much of an excuse). This recipe uses ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand, and can be adapted really easily to suit your tastes -- you could add in some chicken sausage, sprinkle lettuce or cotija cheese on top, make scrambled eggs instead of poached. But in any case, this is an easy, cheap option for weeknight dinners or weekend brunches -- and even if it's still a little cold here in New York (although, compared to what my family is experiencing in Minnesota, it's practically summer here), I can almost imagine sitting on a beach, maragarita in hand, devouring these tostadas._MG_4630 _MG_4674

Disclaimer: Ari told me that I had to tell you that this is very messy to eat. We tried our luck with forks but ended up just picking up the whole tostada at once. It still tastes good, in any case._MG_4670

Black Bean, Corn & Egg Tostadas (serves 2)

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

1/2 small red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon pickled jalapeños, minced

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 can black beans, drained

1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels

4 corn tortillas

1 tablespoon white vinegar

4 eggs

1 avocado, thinly sliced

Cilantro, chopped

Salsa

Hot sauce

Heat oil over medium-high in a saucepan. When hot, add onion, garlic, jalapeños and cumin and sauté until the mixture begins to soften, 2-3 minutes. Add black beans and lower heat to simmer. Heat through, about 10 minutes. Stir in corn and season with salt and pepper. remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the meantime, fill a sauté pan with about 2 inches of water, add vinegar, and bring to a simmer. Carefully crack first egg directly into pan. Immediately use a spoon to fold white over yolk so that it is covered, using the spoon to hold the egg together. Cook about 1 minute, then carefully flip over and cook until white is set but yolk is still runny, 1-2 minutes. Remove egg to a small bowl with a slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining eggs.

Place tortillas on oven rack. Toast until crispy, 5-6 minutes. Place two on each plate, then top with bean & corn mixture, avocado slices, and egg. Serve immediately with cilantro, additional chopped onion, salsa, and hot sauce.

Restaurants: Little Brother

I'm not quite sure how this happened, as I come from Minnesota -- land of lutefisk, not so much of barbecue. But somehow, over the last year or so, I have become kind of obsessed with southern food. This isn't really a new trend, especially in NYC where (lucky for me and Ari) there are tons of great options for barbecue and fried chicken. (I mentioned a few in a previous post). However, I'm always looking for options that don't necessitate getting on a train, and that's where Little Brother comes in.

It opened last winter in a tiny, industrial space on the strange wasteland of Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Avenue next to the excellent Hot Bird bar. The first time I went was in January, and it was freezing. Even with our mild winter, we ate with our coats on. However, the food certainly helped warm us up, and their simple menu is the perfect length to order a few things to share. I'm a fan of the barbecue chicken and barbecue pork sandwiches (always with extra spicy barbecue sauce), which comes with pickles and vegetable slaw on top. The prices are reasonable enough to warrant ordering a couple of sides, of which I highly recommend the french fries (though I may be biased. I could eat french fries every day. Seriously) These, however are a whole different ball game. After they are fried, they coat them in the same spice rub they use to marinate the meat, and the result is a sweet-spicy-tangy kick that complements the crispy fries perfectly. The collard greens are very good as well, although i thought they could have used a little more flavor. Overall, a great place to go when you want a cheap dinner and don't wnat to venture too far from your apartment (at least for me). An added bonus: in warm weather, you can order the food to eat at Hot Bird and enjoy it outdoors with a cold beer next to their fire pit.