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Authentic Quesadillas

poncaparker | Aug 8, 2005 12:24 PM

These Quesadillas are made with UNCOOKED torillas. This recipe is based on the one in MEXICO, THE BEAUTIFUL COOKBOOK.

2 cups masa harina*
1 1/3 cups warm water
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon melted crisco (or lard)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
oil for frying

grated cotija cheese

Mix masa harina, water, melted crisco, baking powder, and salt. Moisten your hands and knead for 5 minutes. cover with damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes.

Form masa into balls about the size of walnuts. Press into a 4 inch circle (torilla press works best - otherwise improvise)- a small, thick torilla. Spread a spoonful of cotija on half circle of torilla, leaving 1/2 inch margin around the edge. Fold torilla in half, pressing edges to seal.

In skillet, heat 1/2 inch oil to 375 F. Fry quesadillas two at a time - 2 or 3 minutes on each side until lightly brown.

Serve with fresh guacamole.

*of course you may use fresh masa instead of masa harina and warm water, if you can get it from a mexican market. This is one recipe for which masa harina works just as well, in my opinion.

Variation:

Stew some dried apricots with a little sugar and use this recipe to make "fried pies"

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