cooking :: mexico style

Tonight for dinner I tried two recipes that I have had in my box for ages, both were from Martha Stewart Living April 2006.


Mexican Corn Cakes
Prep Time: 5 min, Total Time: 15 min

(it took me much longer, who can measure, pour, stir, grate, shape, & fry in 15 minutes?)

1 1/2 cups masa harina (also known as corn flour, I mistakenly bought coarse corn flour, which made them extra crunchy)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/2 cup grated cotija cheese
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen corn kernels (about 2 ears)
3/4 cup warm water
4 to 6 Tblsp vegetable oil, for frying

[1] Whisk masa harina, flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in cheese and corn kernels. Add water, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring after each addition.

[2] Heat 1/4 cup oil in skillet over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, scoop a heaping 1/3 cup mixture, shape wih your hands into patties about 1/3 inch thick. Repeat to for 8 patties.

[3] Working in batches of four, fry patties, about 3 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to paper towels to drain.


Red Beans with Cheese
Prep Time: 5 min, Total Time: 25 min

2 cans (19 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed (about 4 cups)
2 cans (14.5 oz) low sodium chicken stock (I used vegetable stock)
2 bay leaves
1 medium onion quartered
1 fresh jalepeno chile (I didn't have this, I used 1 tsp chili powder)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
coarse salt
1/4 cup grated cotija cheese

[1] Put beans, stock, bay leaves, onion, jalapeno, cumin, and 1/2 tsp salt into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a brisk simmer. Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain, reserving 1/2 cup liquid; discard onion, jalepeno, and bay leaves.

[2] Return beans and reserved cooking liquid to pan, and stir in 2 tablespoons cheese. Mash slightly with a potato masher until half of the beans are broken down. Season with salt. Cover with foil until ready to serve. Serve warm, sprinkled with remaining cheese.


Using the coarse corn flour was definitely not the best, the fine flour would have made for easier patty-shaping and less crunch. The flavor was good though.

I used lime juice to flavor the beans and I served the corn patties with salsa.


Kellie said...

yum. this sounds really good. i have no idea where to find cotija cheese though...

Caitlin said...

I'm in L O V E. SO excited for your new project. It will make you feel close even though I will be far away.

Amber said...

Sounds good. Tell Kellie to head up to Ogden, to the little Mexican grocery store up here. It has everything and then some.

Bryce and Candice Blood Family said...

num num num num (said with your tongue brushing your lips with each num) as Brant would say. I have finally had the courage to escape my meat eating heritage, the gagging when I would cook was really making it hard to eat so I will have to try this. Look so good!