When I go grocery shopping, it’s like an adventure. I try to find ingredients that either I’ve never seen before or never used. I like to do that because it inspires me to be creative to find a use for the ingredient in a recipe. Because it’s new to me, I typically don’t have any preconceived recipe uses in mind.
At my local Kroger grocery store, I recently discovered an ingredient called Sopes de Casa. It was in the refrigerated section and in the Mexican portion. It really sparked my interest because it looked like a very thick tortilla with a depression in the center. As I looked over the ingredient list, I discovered that it was made primarily from corn flour. It also said it had a hint of lime. Well, that sounded great to me and I was impressed with the well in the center. What was I going to put in there? So many possibilities!
After yesterday’s Chilaquiles with Chorizo and Queso Fresco, I was really craving some more Latin inspired food. I decided on a breakfast meal and ended up baking the sopes and topping them with ground breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, cheddar jack cheese, fresh avocado, chopped tomatoes and red onions, crema Mexicana, fried bacon bits, and chopped fresh cilantro. It was delightful. I loved the flavors and textures together. It was the right mix of fresh vegetables, crunch, crispy sope, and savory proteins. The crema Mexicana just added that little bit of creamy tang that put it over the top.
Since this was the first time I had seen sopes for sale at the store, I wanted to give you some help in obtaining your own sopes.
Sopes de Casa 10 count
Non-stick cooking spray
16 ounces breakfast sausage cooked and crumbled
6 eggs scrambled
4 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
1 avocado peeled and sliced
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh tomato
1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (for easy clean up, optional). Spray the sopes with a thin layer of non-stick cooking spray.
3. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and crispy.
Other option: you can also deep fry the sopes for approximately 1-2 minutes.
4. To assemble: top each sope with sausage, egg, bacon, cheddar jack cheese, avocado, tomato, onion, queso fresco, and cilantro. Drizzle with crema Mexicana, if desired. Enjoy!