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Melted Cheese with Guajillo and Garlic Mushrooms

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4 from 2 votes

Melted Cheese with Guajillo and Garlic Mushrooms

From “Treasures of the Mexican Table” cookbook
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dip, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese, Guajillo, Mushroom
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled, plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 dried guajillo chiles stemmed, seeded and finely chopped or snipped with scissors
  • 1 lb mixed mushrooms such as white button, baby bella, and wild mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 4 cups grated mixed melting cheeses such as asadero, Oaxaca, Monterey Jack, or mozzarella
  • 8 to 10 flour and/or corn tortillas
  • Guacamole or 1 ripe avocado halved, pitted, and sliced (optional)
  • Salsa of your choice for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F, with a rack in the upper third. Lightly oil a large shallow baking dish.
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the whole garlic cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften and brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and discard, leaving the flavored oil behind.
  • Add the onion and guajillo chiles and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes, just until the onion begins to soften. Add the chopped garlic, stir, and cook for a minute, until fragrant. Stir in the mushrooms, salt, and black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until all the mushroom juices have been released and begun to evaporate and the mushrooms have begun to color, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, taste, and adjust the salt.
  • Combine the cheeses thoroughly and arrange in the baking dish. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted. Top with the mushrooms, return to the oven, and bake for another 7 to 8 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling, the edges are crusty, and the top is lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, heat a comal or large skillet over medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes. One or two at a time, depending on the size of your comal or pan, heat the tortillas, making sure they are not overlapping, until warm, puffed, and browned in spots, about a minute per side. Place in a tortilla warmer or wrap in a clean cloth or kitchen towel.
  • Serve the queso bubbling hot from the oven, with the warm tortillas and guacamole or avocado slices and salsa, if desired. Let everyone assemble their own tacos at the table.

Notes

Queso Fundido con Hongos al Ajillo con Guajillo

Chubby Flour Tortillas

Campechano Tacos with Street Style Salsa
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4 from 7 votes

Chubby Flour Tortillas

Chubby Flour Tortillas recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 9, Episode 901 "Tucson: Gateway to Sonora"
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Basic Recipe
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: basic recipe, chubby, corn tortillas, flour tortillas, gorditas, harina, Sonora, Sonoran, tortilla, tortillas
Servings: 16 tortillas
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 pound all purpose flour about 3 2/3 cups, plus 1/4 cup for finishing the tortillas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening plus 2 tablespoons for rolling the pieces of dough
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk

Instructions

  • Combine 1 pound of all purpose flour and the salt in a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the vegetable shortening by spoonfuls or chunks. Start mixing with your fingertips, or with the mixer on low speed, until the fat has been broken into very small pieces and evenly distributed through the flour.
  • In 4 to 5 additions, add the evaporated milk, each time folding it through the flour in a circular motion scraping from the bottom and folding the dough from the center out to the edges of the bowl, or beating continually on low speed in the mixer. If using a mixer, turn the speed to medium and beat for 7 to 8 minutes, until the dough is elastic and no longer sticky. If kneading by hand, at first it will be very sticky and lumpy, but as you continue to knead, it will become more elastic and less wet, with fewer and fewer lumps. After 8 to 10 minutes the dough should be completely smooth and springy to the touch, though it will still be a bit sticky. Gather it into a ball, place back in the bowl and cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half. Grab one piece and squeeze out 1 1/2-inch balls of dough between your thumb and index fingers, as if you were making biscuits. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Alternatively, divide the dough in half, then in half again, and repeat until you have 16 pieces. Set them on the counter as you move along.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour on the countertop and grease the palms of your hands with one of the remaining tablespoons of vegetable shortening. Roll the balls in your hands to grease them, then roll them generously in the flour and place back in the bowl or on a sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining dough and shortening. Cover the balls with a kitchen towel and set aside to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your comal, griddle or nonstick skillet over medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes.
  • Lightly flour your work surface and your rolling pin and one at a time, roll out each ball into a 1/8-inch thick tortilla. Rotate the tortilla on your work surface about 5 or 6 times as you roll it out. Do not worry if you don’t get perfect circles. As soon as you are done rolling out a tortilla, throw it on the comal and cook for about a minute, until you begin to see bubbles forming on top. Check to see if the bottom has become a little freckled and if so, flip the tortilla and cook on the other side until it puffs way up and the side that is now on the bottom begins to freckle. Remove and place in a clean kitchen towel. Continue to roll out and cook the tortillas one by one, placing them in the towel as you move along. Serve warm.

Notes

Tortillas de Harina Gorditas

Fresh Jí­cama and Orange Pico de Gallo

jicama and orange pico
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4.25 from 4 votes

Fresh Jí­cama and Orange Pico de Gallo

Fresh Jí­cama and Orange Pico de Gallo recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 8 “Tequila!”
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Jicama, lime, orange, Peanuts, Pico de Gallo, piquí­n chiles, tajin
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Pati Jinich

Ingredients

  • 1 large or 2 small jí­camas 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into sticks
  • 3 oranges peeled and separated into segments or sliced
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or more taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried ground chile Piquí­n or Tají­n or to taste
  • 1/2 cup shelled roasted peanuts chopped and toasted, not salted

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to create a vinaigrette.
  • Place the jí­camas and oranges in a salad bowl. Toss with the vinaigrette. Let it all marinate for about 10 minutes, either inside or outside of the refrigerator. Sprinkle with the peanuts and serve.

Notes

Pico de jí­cama y naranja