Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Flautas with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa


Flautas are rolled tacos that are fried. They are nothing like those little rock-hard taquitos you find in the frozen-food section of your local grocer. This recipe works well with several different fillings.

Corn oil for frying

2 dozen 6-inch corn tortillas

1 pound pollo deshebrado, Ropa Vieja, or Carnitas

1/2 white onion, chopped

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1/2 cup shredded potatoes (I use frozen hash-brown potatoes, thawed)

]Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet to 375 degrees. Dip each tortilla in the oil for a few seconds, but not until crisp. Set the tortillas on a plate covered with a dish towel.

Mix the meat, onion, cilantro, and potato together. (The potato causes the mixture to bind.) Place about 3 tablespoons of the mixture in the center of each tortilla and roll up. Use a toothpick to hold the flauta closed. Deep fry the flautas, 2 or 3 at a time, until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Salt and serve immediately with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa.

Serves 10

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

This is a wonderful light salsa, great with fish, foul ar any light roasted meats. This is a step closer to Authentic Mexican cooking!

1 Ripe Haas avocado, peeled and cubed

5 Tomatillo, husked and rinsed clean

1/2 White onion, chopped

1/4 C Cilantro, chopped

1 CLOVE Garlic, diced

1 Serrano chile, stem removed


1 TSP Salt

1. Place Tomatillo, Onion, Cilantro, Garlic, Chile, Salt and 2TBL Water in blender; puree until smooth. Add Avocado and puree until smooth. Add more water if needed.

2. Salsa should be a thick liquid, about the consistency of ketchup.

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