First of all, is a burrito still a burrito if the ends aren’t tucked in? That is the question. I’m learning toward yes, at least with these breakfast burritos (ok, and my other sweet potato burritos). I always pull of that extraneous tucked-in tortilla part before I take my first bite of burrito, anyway. Filling or bust!
Moving on. I have been stepping up my breakfast game lately. For the longest time, I was content eating plain yogurt with some fruit for breakfast. Then I started making my own granola and my old standby lost its appeal. That granola crunch is so necessary!
Then, I ran out of granola and started testing waffles for my pal Erin’s forthcoming cookbook. I froze all those waffles and got in the habit of eating a waffle with nut butter and maple syrup for breakfast. Eventually, I ran out of her waffles, which was incentive to play around with oat flour waffles (success!).
And here we are with breakfast burritos. I love that I can freeze them for future breakfasts, because breakfast is essential and, therefore, best kept simple. I never (ever ever ever) skip breakfast, but the general consensus amongst breakfast skippers seems to be that they run out of time or supplies. Enter the breakfast burrito. I’d call these guys breakfast backups or grab-and-go options, but they’re so good, they just might become your default breakfast option.
These burritos hail from Jessica Merchant’s brand new cookbook, Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food. You might be familiar with Jessica already, since she’s the blogger behind cult favorite How Sweet Eats. Her publisher offered to send me a copy of her new cookbook and I eagerly awaited its arrival.
Jessica’s hard work was totally evident on first glance—the book is packed with over 150 creative recipes, photos and comical headnotes, in characteristic Jessica style. The recipes run the gamut between totally indulgent and pretty darn healthy. I keep finding new recipes to dog-ear every time I pick up the book. Congrats, Jessica!
I kind of feel bad for not choosing a more visually appealing, colorful recipe from her beautiful book (it’s full of them). I couldn’t resist these burritos, though. I made just a few changes to her original recipe: I added a red bell pepper, cooked the hash until it’s deeply caramelized on the edges, and added black beans before rolling up the burritos.
The burritos are great right after they’ve been made (perfect for serving to a crowd) or frozen and defrosted (breakfast for days!). They also make a terrific, impromptu breakfast for dinner option. In summary, I think you should make some!
Oh yeah! I have two copies of Jessica’s new cookbook to give away! For a chance to enter, leave a comment below. Tell me what you’re craving for fall!
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Update 9/23/14: Our winners have been chosen! Congrats to our winners Tracy and Anne!
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ sweet yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- ¾ pound sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into ½-inch or smaller cubes (to yield about 2 cups cubed sweet potato)
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 8 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 ounce log of goat cheese, at room temperature (or buy herbed goat cheese and omit the following herbs)
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 can (14 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained, or 1½ cups cooked black beans
- 8 8-inch whole grain tortillas
- Hot sauce, and/or salsa preferably a smoky/chipotle variety
- To make the hash: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, then the onion, and cook until the onion is slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic, sweet potato, red pepper, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook until the sweet potato is tender, about 8 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking, stirring often, until the excess moisture has evaporated and the sweet potatoes are caramelized and golden on the edges. Carefully taste to make sure the sweet potatoes are cooked through. If desired, add more smoked paprika to taste.
- To scramble the eggs: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and pepper. Heat another skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, then pour the eggs into the skillet and stir constantly with a heatproof spatula until the eggs are just cooked (don't overdo it!). Transfer the eggs to a bowl and set aside.
- To prepare the goat cheese: (Skip this step if you bought herbed goat cheese.) In a small bowl, stir the dried herbs into the softened goat cheese (if you forgot to pull the cheese out the refrigerator until now, just zap it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it).
- To prepare the burritos: Spread about a tablespoon of goat cheese down the center of each tortilla. Top with a scoop of eggs, followed by black beans and sweet potato hash, equally dividing the ingredients between the burritos. Try not to overfill these!
- To make them freezer ready: Let the burritos cool to room temperature before proceeding (excess moisture trapped in plastic wrap will turn into freezer burn). Lay a square of plastic wrap on your work surface and place a prepared tortilla in the center. Fold one side of the tortilla over the burrito, then snugly pull the opposite side over to make a wrap. Pull one corner of the plastic wrap over the exposed end, then repeat with the opposite side and roll it up to tightly wrap the burrito. Transfer the wrapped burritos to a freezer-safe bag and squeeze out the air before sealing. Store the burritos in the freezer.
- To warm the burritos, remove from the freezer and microwave until warm, 30 to 60 seconds. If preferred, you could also warm them in an oven or toaster oven. Serve with plenty of hot sauce and/or salsa on the side.
Make it gluten free: Just use gluten-free tortillas!
If you love this recipe: You'll also love my breakfast tacos, breakfast quesadillas and sweet potato burritos.