Sunday, August 15, 2004


They were good!

After a morning of making tortilla masa, I spent the evening making gorditas. The recipe was from Diana Kennedy’s From My Mexican Kitchen: Techniques and Ingredients.

The salsa verde was very easy. It is made with tomatillas, those little green tomatoes in the papery husks. The tomatillas are boiled for a few minutes and then pureed in the blender with chiles, cilantro, garlic and salt. The resulting sauce is tangy, spicy and very green!

The technique for making the shredded beef is easy, but time consuming. The recipe calls for either skirt or flank steak – I used flank. The steak is cut into cubes and simmered with onions and garlic, and then shredded. I started out using two forks but I found it was easier to pull it apart with my fingers. Either way, it is slow going. The shredded beef is mixed with onion and cilantro to form the filling.

With the other components ready, the moment of truth had arrived – it was time to turn the tortilla masa into dough and form and cook the gorditas. The dough is made of the tortilla masa, a small amount of lard, and some salt. I had decided that my tortilla masa was a little dryer than it should be, since it weighed about four ounces less than it was supposed to, so I also added a little water to the dough. I mixed it in the mixer with the paddle to make sure the lard was well distributed and then used my hands to pull the dough together into a ball.

I formed and cooked the gorditas without much trouble, although I didn’t get the nice brown spots pictured in the book. I don’t understand how she got that color cooking on low heat as instructed in the recipe! After the gorditas were cooked, I split them open about three quarters of the way through. I was amazed that they didn’t crumble to bits at this stage, but they held together. Just before eating, I reheated the gorditas in a little lard, stuffed them and topped them with salsa. Eating them was a messy affair, with the filling falling out every which way and the salsa dripping all over, but they were good!


pipstar said...

Cai, your gorditas look fabulous. I can't believe though how much work went into them :-) Is it something you will do again?

Reid said...

Hi Cathy,

YUMMY! YUMMY! YUMMY! Great job! I would never have the nerve to even attempt this at home.

chuckless said...

You, my dear, are amazing! I can't tell you how hungry they make me. You're going to need an addition on "my little kitchen" just to fit all your cooking hardware. Keep 'em comin'!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad they turned out so well. They look amazing, and that salsa verde is beautiful. What an exciting meal! I would be excited to hear about any of your other experiences with this book as well!


Cathy said...

Hi pipstar - thanks! I might make them again, but I don't think I would attempt to do it all in one day. The beef was the only part I found really tedious - but it can be frozen for up to two weeks, so I would probably do it ahead next time.

Thanks so much Reid! They were yummy!

Thank you Chuck! I have an addition - it's called the basement!!

Hi Alice - thank you! I've put the book on the shelf for now, but I've got over two pounds of masa in the freezer and a couple more pounds of dried corn, so I will be trying some other recipes in the not too distant future!

Anonymous said...

Hi Alice,
If you fry the gorditas in oil when you cook them you will get the nice brown spots. I have watched my mother make gorditas a hundred times, but never attempted it myself. Good for you for making the great looking gorditas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Alice,
What you made was really called Bocoles. They're good too! Next time omit any kind of oil or fat when you make the masa and press them very thin. Your pockets will form easily