Salvadorian Pupusas-fried Cheese Filled PastriesFrom midgelet 8 years ago
How to make it
- In a large mixing bowl, gradually stir water into masa harina until dough forms a ball that can be handled.
- Into another bowl, empty the refried beans.
- Place the grated cheese into a separate bowl.
- Divide dough into about 25 pieces.
- Roll each into a ball and flatten between the palms of your hands to about 1/2-inch thick.
- Put a spoonful of beans and a small handful of cheese into the center of each pupusa.
- Flatten again with the filling inside.
- Heat a heavy, wide-bottomed or flat skillet until hot.
- Brush with oil and cook pupusas on each side 4-5 minutes until a pale golden-brown.
- The outside should be firm.
- Pupusas de Queso: With a cheese filling. Use grated quesillo, queso fresco, farmer's cheese, mozzarella, Swiss cheese or a combination. Add some minced green chile if you like.
- Pupusas de Chicharrones: With a filling of fried chopped pork and a little tomato sauce.
- A reasonable facsimile can be made by grinding 1 cup of cooked bacon with a little bit of tomato sauce in a food processor.
- Pupusas de Frijoles Refritos: With a refried bean filling.
- Pupusas Revueltas: Use a mixture of chicharrones, cheese and refried beans.
- Pupusas de Queso y Loroco: With a cheese and tropical vine flower filling. Loroco can be found in jars at many Latin markets.
- Pupusas de Arroz: A variety of pupusa that uses rice flour instead of corn masa.
- Cooked potatoes or finely minced, sautéed jalapeño peppers are also tasty fillings.
- Try a mixture of different fillings.
- Note: one may half the recipe if desired
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