Gorditas with salsa

Gorditas means 'little fat girl' in Spanish and is meant as a sort of cute, cuddly term of endearment. It is also the name for these little puffy tortillas, which are often made around Easter and other special occasions. My special occasion was The Culinary Tour 2010- South of the Boarder organized by Joan from Foodalogue.com. It is definitely a challange for me as I'm not familiar with America's South neighbours' cuisine at all and living in Turkey deprives me from authentic ingredients. This week focuses on Mexican cuisine and I decided to use Jamie Oliver's interpretation of Mexican cuisine. Along with the recipe he gives ideas how to use European ingredients to get exciting flavours.

What we need:

for the gorditas:

250g fine cornmeal or masa harina
1 teaspoon of baking powder
350 ml of hot water
plain flour for dusting

for the salsa:

1 apple
3 large tomatoes
2 spring onions
1 red chilli
coriander ( I used parsley)
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 lime
salt and pepper

to serve:
100 gr Don Francisco Mexican cheese or feta ( which is similar)
1 fresh red chilli
1 lime

What we have to do:

1. Put cornmeal and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Mix the baking powder into the hot water and pour into the well. Mix the cornmeal into the water and use your hands to knead it. Make about 8 balls and use your hands to shape into round and flat gordita. Dust with flour and put on oiled tray until you make your salsa.
2. For salsa, chop deseeded apple, tomatoes and spring onions, and finely slice the chilli. Put them into a bowl. Add corriander. Put pumpkin and sunflower seeds into a hot pan and some olive oil and toast them for a few minutes. Put the seeds into the salsa. Add oil, salt and pepper.
3. Put the pan back on the heat, add oil and cook the gorditas for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
4. Serve the gorditas warm out of the pan with a tablespoon of salsa, a little hunk of cheese and a couple leaves of corriander and a few slices of chilli. If you fancy add a squeeze of lime.
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  1. You did a fabulous job for someone not familiar with Mexican cooking. These look wonderful.

  2. I ditto Mary's comment! I'm so happy you decided to do this. You did a great job! Hope you'll try some of the other countries as well!

  3. I'm glad you joined Joan on her culinary journey. These look delicious.

  4. Love the history lesson and good job for trying.,....looks good! And thats the beauty of cooking - mixing, matching, trying and just plain cooking!!!


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