I was so glad to be asked back into Girlichef’s book review circle. It’s been a while but we’re back with another fantastic book to review over the coming weeks. I was happy to take part in all of the previous reviews but this one from Meagan Micozzi is going to be particularly awesome! For the next three weeks myself and some other bloggers will be highlighting some of Meagan’s recipes through The New Southwest Cook Book Spotlight.

A fantastic southwestern breakfast dish

Meagan’s new book, The New Southwest  will be released on October 23, but you can always pre-order by clicking the link. She’s the brains behind the blog Scarletta Bakes and I’ve been following her writing and cooking for a long time. I know this sounds cliche but if you haven’t visited her blog, then you should start. Her writing is quirky and funny with a touch of personal and the recipes she conjures up are magnificent. Meagan hails from Arizona and this is the basis for her Southwestern cooking, with classic dishes like skillet-baked corn pudding, arroz verde and Mushroom and Leek Migas. Nervous about adding spices and hot chili’s to your cooking? Don’t be, Meagan is there to explain all about southwestern cooking and the book wont let you down.

Mushroom breakfast migas

It’s this Mushroom and Leek Migas that the group is making this week. Next week there’s a different recipe so keep an eye out for that! Migas translates to “crumbs”  in English but fear not because this isn’t a crumbly dish at all. Sauteed crimini mushrooms are combined with diced leeks and garlic and bound together with eggs and cream. Oh and did I mention it’s topped with grated Manchego cheese? It’s so simple and fast to make that it’s a no-brainer for a weekend breakfast. Make sure to have some warm tortillas on hand to scoop up the Migas, splash it with some hot sauce and enjoy. I actually halved the recipe from the book as I was on my own when I made it, but the recipe I printed below is the original recipe size. 

Breakfast migas drizzled with hot sauce

Complete breakfast migas with egg and cheese

This post is part of The New Southwest Cookbook Spotlight sponsored by Hippocrene and hosted at girlichef.



Mushroom and Leek Breakfast Migas

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 186kcal
Author: foodnessgracious
This breakfast midges is tasty and loaded with flavor!
Print Recipe


  • 4-5 inch corn tortillas
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil divided
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces brown baby crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 1 leek cleaned and ends removed. Diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded Manchego cheese
  • Fresh cilantro optional


  • Heat 1 cup of the oil in a heavy pan over a medium heat.
  • Cut the tortillas in half and then cut into thin strips. When the oil is up to temperature, place some of the tortilla strips into the oil and fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Take the strips from the oil and lay them on a paper towel. Fry all of the strips and set aside.
  • Add the eggs and the cream to a bowl and beat together. Set aside.
  • Empty the pan and wipe clean with a paper towel. Heat the remaining 1/4 cup of oil until hot. Add the sliced mushrooms and saute for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the leek and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the garlic and mix through for about 1 minute.
  • Add the beaten egg mixture to the pan and stir the contents gently like an ommlette. The eggs will slowly solidify. Add some of the tortilla strips and stir through gently.
  • Remove from the heat and add the grated cheese over the top of the eggs. Garnish with some more tortilla strips and fresh cilantro if desired.
  • Serve at once with some warm tortillas and your favorite salsa.


Adapted from Meagan Micozzi, The New Southwest, http://www.scarlettabakes.com


Calories: 186kcal