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How I make migas: (In Tex-Mex restaurants I think it's pretty exclusively a breakfast dish, though it makes a good quick lunch or supper at home.)

Chop some yellow or white onion and saute it in butter (or I use a butter substitute like SmartBalance, because I have high cholesterol issues).

Cut some corn tortillas into strips, then toast them lightly in the toaster oven. You want them dry to slightly crunchy.

In a bowl, beat eggs, small amount of milk, salt and pepper.

Add eggs to the onion-butter-substitute mixture. Scramble until partially cooked, then add cheese (something that melts easily, like finely grated cheese or 2% velveeta cut up small), green chile salsa, and optionally, some chopped fresh tomato. When those are mixed in well, add the tortilla strips. Finish scrambling until eggs are completely cooked.

Serve on a warm flour or corn tortilla. Eat!

Amounts subject to whether you're making it for yourself or a large group of people.

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Where I'm at, we don't have migas, but we have chilaquiles. There's a great discussion of migas & chilaquiles here on Chowhound. From what they're saying, migas is Spanish dish for bread crumbs, and chilaquiles is from a Nahuatl word meaning broken old sombrero. Either way, yum.

Ooh, chilaquiles do sound good. I think I've seen them on menus occasionally but never tried any.

Oh, matzo brie!
Well, a lot more interesting than that. It sounds delicious. But this must be one of those dishes that crop up in any culture that has eggs and rock-hard day-old flatbread.

It's amazing how many delicious dishes are made from old bread products.

Here's the basic recipe for migas in Spain:

Cut day-old bread into a small dice, sprinkle with salted water, and set a side for a few hours or overnight. Fry chopped paprika sausage (chorizo, which is different in Spain than in Mexico) and diced fatty salt pork (tocino) in a little olive oil. Add chopped garlic, then the bread. Saute, stirring constantly, until the bread is lightly toasted.

You can buy this ready-made in microwave single-serving packages at supermarkets.

This is obviously not for the cholesterol- or salt-conscious.

It is delicious, but anything fried in sausage fat and lard is bound to be. Excellent with fried eggs, sardines, grapes, or a nice glass of milk. Or wine.

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