Migas was born on the harsh Spanish plains, created by the shepherds who sometimes had little more than stale bread, wild garlic, olive oil, and, if they were lucky, peppers. Even today, shepherds out with their flocks will cook up huge batches of migas over an open fire in a giant pan that looks like a cross between a paella pan and a wok. Our version makes individual portions with the luxurious addition of chorizo and fried eggs. The eggs must be cooked quickly and efficiently; you may want to practice a couple of times before you make the dish for company. Think of our version of migas as an Old World predecessor of huevos rancheros.
- 1Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a large frying pan over high heat until drops of water sizzle. Quickly fry the pepper strips in small batches until the skins begin to blister and brown slightly, about 2 minutes. Using a skimmer, transfer to a colander to drain. Season well with salt and pepper.
To make the migas:
- 1Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan and add the onions. Cover and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Uncover, add the garlic, and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the chorizo and cook until it gives off most of its oil, about 3 minutes. Add the Gallega Spice and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in the breadcrumbs, making sure they absorb all the juices from the pan, and cook until the mixture is lightly toasted, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the mixture among 6 individual cazuelas (terra-cotta casseroles) or other shallow, ovenproof dishes and garnish with the peppers, tucking them in and around the breadcrumb mixture. Keep in a warm oven while you cook the eggs, or, if made ahead, reheat in a 250°F oven just before you cook the eggs.
- 2To cook the eggs, in a small nonstick pan, heat 1/8 inch of oil over high heat to the smoking point. Break 1 egg into the hot oil. Season with salt and pepper. Working very quickly, fold in the edge of the egg white with a heat-resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Then spoon some of the hot oil over the egg so that it puffs up and crisps around the edges. All of this must be done in a matter of seconds so that the yolk remains soft. Using a slotted spoon, remove the egg and place it on top of a hot migas. Repeat for each serving. Serve immediately.
Beverage pairing: Bodegas Lan Reserva Rioja, Spain. The hunger-busting combination of chiles, eggs, and chorizo wants a wine with quaffability, but enough character to be interesting. A red wine with earthiness, fruit, spice, and not too much complexity fits the bill, and such a wine can be found in Spain, where this dish also comes from. This Rioja has all that, and is juicy and delicious. Serve at cellar temperature.
This recipe, while from a trusted source, may not have been tested by the CHOW food team.