Gorditas with Chicharrón and Salsa Verde

The Mexican gorditas can be either fried or cooked with chicharrón, cheese, beans or salsa, stuffed or covered in salsa, they are an authentic part of the traditional Mexican Recipes cookbook; a little bit more work, since you will be making your own dough in this recipe, but worth the effort with this interesting combination of flavors. At the center of the country, they have grown used to eating their gorditas fried with some washed and chopped cilantro, along with seasoned and grilled nopales and a delicious salsa verde. Many also melt some oaxaca cheese over... The Chicharrón Prensado is the part that sticks out upon frying the pork skin or pork rinds. As its name implies, it is then pressed and dried.

Gorditas with Chicharrón in Salsa Verde

Ingredients for 6-8:

* 2 lb. of corn masa flour
* 1 clove garlic
* 1/2 Onion
* Salt and Pepper to Taste
* 1 lb. of Chicharrón Prensado
* 2 Green Tomatoes (tomatillos or tomates verdes)
* 2 chiles de arbol
* Vegetable Oil
* a bunch of fresh cilantro
* 1/2 lb. Queso Blanco, broken up in small pieces
* Salsa roja for serving


1) Blend the green tomatoes with the chiles, the onion, the garlic, plus 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Cook over medium-low heat setting the chicharrón prensado in this salsa verde you just did, enough so that the salsa reduces a bit. Add salt to taste.

2) Meanwhile, add water to the masa with salt and pepper to taste. Knead the dough until you can shape perfectly well the dough with your hands.

3) Take in one hand a fistful of dough and shape it as a ball, then open it a bit and add a spoonful of chicharrón with salsa verde we just did. Wrap carefully so the chicharrón goes completely inside.

4) Gently flatten the filled dough with both palms of your hands while keeping in mind that each gorditas should be thick, round and flat.

5) In a pan fry them in oil one at a time and then drain. Open them up while still warm and place in them some finely chopped and cleaned cilantro.

6) Fill the gorditas also with some broken up cheese, or cheddar if you can't find it, and...

serve this easy mexican recipe, accompanied by mexican salsa roja of your choice.

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