Calentado literally means “heated” and is a traditional Colombian breakfast born in the Andean region of the country. It is very common, in this region, to eat beans and rice every day for dinner. Then, for breakfast the next day, the beans and rice are reheated and served with egg, arepa, or grilled beef and hot chocolate. You will find this dish on the menu of almost any Colombian restaurant around the world. The point behind the Calentado is that one would take the abundance of rice and beans made that day and re-heat them in the morning for breakfast along with an egg and other condiments.

Ingredients:

  • 2 arepas
  • 2 cooked Morningstar farm soy breakfast sausages in lieu of Colombian chorizos
  • 2 fried eggs sunny side up or eggs with tomato and onions
  • 350 gm hogao
  • 500 gm cooked white rice
  • 500 gm cooked pinto beans

Directions:

  • Place the hogao, beans and rice in a large saucepan, mix well ensuring that the rice and beans are coated by the hogao. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the mixture is warm, stirring occasionally.
  • To serve, divide the bean and rice mixture equally on serving plates. Place the Morningstar sausages (chorizo) and arepa around the beans.
  • Place the egg on top of the beans and rice mixture.
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