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Chow Social -- Recipe for Torta de Palmito

Puddle and Toot | Jul 27, 2003 02:26 PM

(Moved from the Manhattan board by the Chowhound Team)

Shortstop -- here is the recipe for the Torta de Palmito, per your request.

This is Toot's recipe from Brazil, but I took some liberties on the interpretation I brought yesterday; tried to indicate said liberties in parens:

Batter:
4 eggs -- (I used 6)
2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of oil (I use Canola oil) -- (I think this can be less -- not sure why it's necessary)
4 tablespoons of parmesan -- (I used much more, probably 2 cups -- freshly grated Reggiano)
1 teaspoon (not full) of salt
12 tablespoons (full) flour
2 tablespoons (not full) of baking powder

Filling:
1/2 kilo (1 lb.) of tomatoes (cut in small pieces)
1 Large jar of hearts of palm, cut in pieces(in Brazil hearts of palm sells in jars, here I believe you can only find in small cans, use 2 - or go to Astoria and buy the jar...)
1/2 cup of pitted and cut green olives
2 cloves of garlic -- (I used 6)
onions
other spices you like
salt.

Batter: mix in the blender -- (I used traditional bowl and whisk).

The batter goes in a greased (buttered) pan (with some depth, because it doubles the size)

In the batter toss with your hands a filling made with: (I do the filling before the batter, so it allows some time to cool and not burn my
fingers...)

1 lb. of tomatoes (cut in small pieces)
1 Large jar of hearts of palm, cut in pieces(in Brazil hearts of palm sells in jars, here I believe you can only find in small cans, use 2 - or go to Astoria and buy the jar...) 1/2 cup of pitted and cut green olives Sautee garlic with onions, add the palmito and tomatoes cut in small pieces and the olives. You can use other spices you like in this filling, I only use garlic and onions and a bit of salt.

Put in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees. It takes around 40 min, I believe. I'm not that good in timing, but it should be a light brown color on top and you can try with a toothpick to make sure it's cooked inside.

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