Welcome to Mise en Place, a journey of culinary delight where anything can happen. Based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food by month, KRCC takes a look at farmers, chefs, and fodder, all with a Centennial State bent.

Each month, the state’s agriculture department highlights a commodity and provides a recipe using that product. We take it a step further.

This month we’re talking eggs. Well actually, we’re talking about where eggs come from, most notably, chickens. Thanks to a listener suggestion, KRCC’s Ellen Mahoney has this look at a trend that’s seemingly gaining momentum…the urban chicken.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

See below for the Chicken Ranch Scramble with Tortillas recipe from urban chicken farmer Kirk Dakis, and for Breakfast Egg Tacos from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.


Chicken Ranch Scramble with Tortillas
Kirk Dakis, Urban Chicken Farmer

6 Eggs
6 Red potatoes (pre-cooked and cubed)
1 Medium size yellow onion diced
1 Large tomato diced
2 Avocadoes (sliced)
1 Serrano pepper
1 Jalapeño pepper
2 diced garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Teaspoon Cilantro
Salt/pepper
4-6 Corn tortillas heated on griddle or pan

Sauté garlic, onions, peppers and pre-cooked potatoes in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Once cooked, remove sautéed items from pan and place in separate dish. Next, crack eggs into bowl, stir and scramble in fry pan. Cook to desire firmness and season to taste. Place scrambled eggs in another dish. Quickly stir fry tomatoes in pan and add to veggie and potato mix. Heat tortillas on grill and then place veggie and egg scramble inside tortilla shells. Add avocado slices.

Recipe from the Colorado Department of Agriculture

Breakfast Egg Tacos
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC

Serves 2

4 ea. 6″ Flour or Corn Tortillas
4 ea. Large Eggs, cracked and scrambled
1/4 cup Crumbled Breakfast Sausage
1/8 cup Red Bell Peppers, diced
1/8 cup Green Bell Peppers, diced
1/8 cup Yellow Onions, diced
1/4 cup Colorado Potatoes, diced and cooked
2 tbsp. Italian Parsley, chopped
Shredded Cheese
Green Chili
Salsa

Heat a large sauté pan. Sauté the breakfast sausage until half cooked then add the peppers, onions and potatoes. Cook this mixture until the sausage is fully cooked. Add the scrambled eggs and cook until desired doneness. Remove from pan and fill the tortillas. Top with green chili, shredded cheese and salsa then garnish with parsley.

 

One Response to Mise en Place: Eggs

  1. Matt says:

    Dear Andrea,

    Thanks to you, my wife’s burning desire to implement an urban chicken farm has grown beyond control. Please advise!

    Thanks for the great story!

News

AP
March 4, 2015 | NPR · Opening statements begin in Boston Wednesday, in a capital trial that’s expected to last several months. It took nearly two months to seat a jury to try the case.
 

istockphoto.com
March 4, 2015 | NPR · U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says some wealthy foreigners seek to give birth to their children in the U.S. so they will obtain U.S. citizenship.
 

Patrick T. Fallon for ProPublica
March 4, 2015 | NPR · Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of Knopf
March 4, 2015 | NPR · Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel is set in a mythical Arthurian England. But though the premise was promising, the book is too vague to make much of an impact.
 

March 3, 2015 | NPR · In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges’ biggest problems: costs and admissions.
 

NPR
March 3, 2015 | NPR · T. Geronimo Johnson’s latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It’s an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.
 

Music

March 3, 2015 | NPR · As part of our stories about Muslims in Western Europe, commentator Hisham Aidi, author of the book Rebel Music, talks about how music factors into the cultural differences between French Muslims.
 

March 3, 2015 | NPR · Dom La Nena is a singer and cellist from Brazil. But the 24-year-old artist draws inspiration from her travels around the world and sings in four different languages on her sophomore album, Soyo.
 

Courtesy of the artist
March 3, 2015 | NPR · Banditos rolls through history on two wheels, making good, old fashioned Southern roots rock with — on this fun new song — a splash of boogie woogie piano.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab