Friday, August 28, 2009

These little FAT ONES surprised me...

GORDITAS!

I saw these on Girlichef's site, they looked fun and interesting. I love Mexican food, and challenging myself in making tamales a few weeks ago was new to me; so I wanted to try yet another facet of Mexican Cooking.

As I was making the Gorditas I was a little skeptical....I became more fearful when I was cutting the masa patties open....I could totally see them falling apart and making a mess while eating. I had an extensive spread of foods to stuff in the little Gorditas....'I can see this becoming a salad here cuz those Gorditas won't cut it'....I was feeling very pessimistic. "I don't know..."

Gordita Pockets

We opened them....over stuffed their limits....an Oh Mah GAH! They HELD! The taste INCREDIBLE! The corn flavor with the salsa and smooth avocado cooling the spicy beef....I was shaking my head in praise for Girlichef! It worked! She rocks!

Here's what I did:

This was my food set up in the divided serving tray~

Gordita Bar


The Gordita stuffing choices were:

Fresh Salsa-
Homemade Salsa


Taco Seasoned Shrimp-
Taco Shrimp

Fried Queso Blanco-
Fried Cheese
BTW- if you have never tried this...YOU GOTTA. Here's my past post how to do it.

Leftover Grill Steak-
Leftover Steak

Sliced Avocado-
Avocado Slices

Here's how you make them:

Gorditas
found on Girlichef but from Mexico One Plate at a Time by Rick Bayless

1 3/4 c. powdered masa harina
1 c. plus 2 Tbsp. warm water
1/3 c. flour
Scant tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt

Begin by mixing up your masa ingredients in a large bowl...use your hands so that you can feel the consistency. It should be about the consistency of a soft cookie dough. Knead it a few times so that it is pliable. Grab a small ball of dough (~1 3/4"-2") in your hands and form it into a disk that is just larger than 1/4" thick.

Heat a comal (or large, heavy skillet or cast iron pan- I used a Electric Griddle) over low to medium-low heat. Once it is very hot, add the masa disks and let them toast up and get brown spots on one side. Flip and repeat. Remove them to a plate until they are all done.

TA-DA!

Gorditas

Sorry I didn't have a picture of these 'superheros' stuffed. They held up with every bite. Just be sure you cut them all the way down so you can utilize the WHOLE pocket it makes.

Kneeling and bowing down to Girlichef~ MWAH!

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Enjoy!

2 comments:

Leslie said...

Fried cheese..oh good GOD, you are my hero!!!

girlichef said...

MWAH...right back at ya!! They are FABULOUS! Seriously, they looks soooo gorgeous and wonderful choice of stuffers! Great job....now I'm craving them again!!!