Let’s see a show of hands, parents, for those of you with picky eaters at home. You can include spouses in that if you like, but I think we all know I really mean the kids. While I don’t have any magical advice that’s going to suddenly get your kids to love varied and healthier foods, I can say that one thing I’ve learned with our now 9-year-old is that: if you make it they will come. It may take years and years and many wasted meals of steamed broccoli or even something as seemingly kid-friendly as PIZZA…but eventually they will come around. Sure, that may be college for some, BUT…they will come around and at that point hopefully survival instinct has had something to do with it. Because, away from home and all.
My kiddo is the blog participant I sometimes refer to here as Infrequent Miniature Cooking Assistant, and I call her this because she’s all about coming up with ideas, but when it comes to the execution, she can disappear faster than popcorn at the movies. The instructions of a recipe have never really been her friend. They’re too….instruction-y. Yet, to my surprise, she frequently talks about wanting to cook, wanting to become a chef one day and loves to come up with ideas for this food blog, and all this despite being pretty limited with food choices.
Behold today – one of her ideas. I took this as a sign. It was time to get her in the kitchen and keep her there. The whole time. Working!
The idea of breakfast in a tortilla isn’t a new one, obviously, but it was her idea to make them and by golly, I was going to make sure she participated. Too, they’re not hard, but there’s several steps to making this kind of thing from scratch. It’s a great way to help them understand and appreciate that cooking takes effort and attention to detail, even it’s something as simple as grating cheese. So she did. And then we told her heck no that’s not enough, grate more. Because, cheese.
She’d actually picked out two kinds of cheese, in this case a nice regular cheddar and the second was Swiss. And she grated all of it. People, it’s been a long time coming – Infrequent Miniature Cooking Assistant helped, willingly, and she had fun!
When you’re cooking ingredients that spatter, it’s a good time to point out that they should respect the bacon. Respect the sizzle. And that when it spatters you a little anyway, you at least get to eat the delicious stuff till there’s not crumb left.
Just a moment of drooling silence here to pay homage to bacon.
Kiddo even cracked the eggs, some better than others, but heck, I can’t even crack eggs without cracking one too hard sometimes. Don’t even get me started on separating yolks from whites. Point is, fish out those small bits of shell and prepare to party on. Am I right? No big, kiddos!
And of course, we cannot forget the importance of whisking earnestly. But hopefully not tsunami-ing-ly.
And then there was scrambling egg magic! We do put a little milk or half and half in the mixture, for optimal fluffiness.
I’d say this was Infrequent Miniature Cooking Assistant’s favorite part – assembling! She put together about half our breakfast that day. And it was delicious!
It was kiddo’s idea to finish each tortilla off with just a little fresh herbs. In this case, we used cilantro because the store was out of Italian parsley at the time. If you’re game for fresh herbs, use whatever you prefer – dill, thyme, snipped chives, or a combination of two or three kinds. The cilantro took these to the next level. The next good one!
Actually rolling up the tortillas was a little difficult for kiddo’s small hands, but she got the hang of it and had a lot of fun assembling these for us.
You can make this kind of breakfast all kinds of ways. Bacon strips instead of pieces or even sausage, of course; simple cheeses like cheddar or more gourmet selections like Fontina; different fresh herbs; the sky’s the limit! The best part is that it’s a great recipe to get the kids in the kitchen. Yes, there’s a few steps, but they’re easy and fundamental basics of cooking – a great place for little folks to start out. And when they’re like mine and it’s their idea? Encourage them, help them and get in there with them. Believe me, I’m as tired and worn out as any other parent, and I have to remind myself to do this for my own kiddo too. But the bright side is you get some help in the kitchen and you get to eat their tasty efforts, which makes them very happy. Enjoy!
Kiddo’s Breakfast Tortillas
from the Full Fork Ahead Infrequent Miniature Cooking Assistant
- 6 – 8 ounces 1 or 2 favorite cheeses, grated
- 1 pound bacon or sausage
- 6 – 8 large eggs
- 2-3 tablespoons half and half or milk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- fresh herbs of your choice, torn or snipped into pieces
- 10 flour or corn fajita-size tortillas
Go ahead and grate your selected cheeses first. Set aside or refrigerate till ready to use.
Cook the bacon or sausage: either cut the bacon or sausage into small pieces (usually works best in these small rolled tortillas, or keep bacon in strips if you prefer). In a hot pan over medium heat, stir the bacon pieces occasionally till browned and crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Drain all but a tablespoon or two of the bacon or sausage grease from the pan, reserving the rest int he pan.
Crack your eggs into a bowl and add the half and half or milk, salt and pepper. Using a fork or whisk, combine the mixture well and pour into your hot pan with the bacon or sausage grease. Cook and scramble, stirring occasionally as the mixture thickens until eggs are your desired level of done. Meanwhile, heat the tortillas according to the package instructions.
Assembling the tortillas: Spread about 3-4 tablespoons (more or less to taste) of warm eggs in the middle of your tortilla. top with a little of the grated cheeses, some of the bacon or sausage pieces and finish with the fresh herbs. Take one lone side of the tortilla and tuck it as tightly as possible against the filling and roll to the other side. Place finished tortillas seam side down on a platter and repeat with remaining tortillas and filling ingredients. These will reheat great for a few seconds in your microwave right before serving. Cut in half, serve with some fresh fruit and enjoy!