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A meal from STRANGE DAYS

A meal from STRANGE DAYS by Constantine Singer

[…] a plate with what looks like two steaming hot pupusas covered in pickled cabbage. I sniff and I can smell the tortillas and cheese and chicharrón.” (p.85) “The pupusas look exactly like the ones I used to order when we went to Atlacatl for dinner as a family. I’ve been ordering them since I could walk.”


Dough/Masa: In a large bowl, combine 2 cups masa harina + 1 ½ cup hot water. Stir until the dough is smooth. Add 4 tbsp butter (softened) + 1 tsp salt + ½ tsp nutmeg to the dough and knead until well combined. Set the dough (masa) aside.

Filling: Sautée 4 oz pancetta + ½ lb ground turkey + 1 small onion (chopped) in a pan. When all cooked, add ½ cup of fresh thyme + ½ tsp salt, mix well and set aside.

Divide dough in 8 and make a masa ball the size of a clementine. Press your thumb into the center of each ball and fill with filling + shredded Oaxacan cheese (about 6-8 oz in total). Pinch the edges around the filling and flatten the balls into thick, circular patties (the filling should be completely inside the masa).

Cook on a greased skillet or griddle until brown on both sides (about 3 minutes per side).

Serve warm. Top with pickled vegetables.

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