Ok, Last year I had the pleasure of eating out at this El Salvadorian restaurant that I had been taken to before, but didn't remember. They served up some very yummy dishes and I wished I knew how to make them. Well one of those things were called pupusa. What exactly are "pupusa" you may be asking...??
Pupusas are thick masa harina "cakes" stuffed with cheese or meat. They are very popular in El Salvador. They are made with "Masa harina". It'sdifferent from corn flour in that it is made with ground homily which has been said to be more nutritious than regular corn flour.
This is usually served with something called curtido. I HAVE to learn to make this! It taste sooooo good with the pupusa! Anywho.....This is my first crack at making them. I made the mistake of using cuajada cheese (thanks ...you know who you are!!). Not a good idea, melting is an issue, soooo I think it should be made with Quesillo (or maybe jack??). Well here is the recipe. It was a fair success if you dont mind the un-melted cheese lol!!
What you need...........
- 2 cups Masa Harina
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup chopped up cheese
Cook it up.......
Stir the masa harina and water together in a mixing bowl until smooth; knead well. Cover bowl, and let the dough rest 5 to 10 minutes. Shape the dough into eight, 2 inch diameter balls.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball into 6 inch diameter round. Sprinkle 1/4 cup queso fresco over each round. Place a second tortilla over the cheese, and pinch the edges together to seal in the cheese (use a little water to help the seal).
Heat ungreased skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until cheese melts (UNLIKE MINE :-) and pupusas are lightly browned, about 2 minutes on each side.
Eat & Enjoy!
Side note......I made mine with a side of fried batata. YUM!!!!