Cheeky Huevos Rancheros


cheekyWhen I lived in South Africa, Mamkhulu, the matron of the Zulu house I lived in, used to describe sassy girls in the village as “cheeky.”  I was thinking of how much I would have loved to treat her to breakfast at Cheeky’s restaurant this week in Palm Springs. I don’t know why anyone would want to live in the desert or how they came up with that name (the logo is a monkey), but it has an awesome brunch menu. From fresh grapefruit juice to buttermilk pancakes with corn to eggs benedict on a cheddar biscuit to chocolate cookies—there is something for everyone and no shortage of bacon if that’s on your list. My favorite was the huevos rancheros that were stacked with two (or was it three?) fried corn tortillas. Here’s their method: Fry two corn tortillas as if you were making a crispy tostada. Place one on the bottom and spread refried beans (they used peruano beans which were delicious), and then put the other fried corn tortilla on top. You could keep making layers; it depends on your appetite! Gently fry the eggs keeping soft centers and smother with your favorite ranchero sauce.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream and guacamole on top. Delicioso.