Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tortitas de Carne de Puerco (Pork Paddies)

This is a a very delicious Mexican dish. It is paddies made with ground pork topped with a sauce. You can eat it with fresh corn tortillas or anything. It makes a great meat dish to any meal.
Ingredients for paddies:
(1) 1 1/2 lbs. ground pork
(2)1/2 onion finely minced
(3)6 cloves garlic crushed and minced (you may use less but in my household we love garlic)
(4)1/2 cup minced cilantro
(5)1 teaspoon ground black pepper
(6)salt to taste (about 1 teaspoon or 1 1/2 teaspoons)
(7)1 cracked whole egg
(8)1/2 cup bread crumbs or ground saltine or unsalted crackers (I just put crackers in a bag and mash it with a cup)
(9)A little oil for griddle

Ingredients for sauce:
(1)1 whole tomato minced
(2)1/2 onion minced
(3)1/2 cup minced cilantro
(4)1 spicy chili pepper (any if you want mild use Jalapeno or kinda spicy use Serrano chilies and so on)
(5)salt and pepper to taste
(6)2 -3 tablespoons water

(1)Mix all paddie ingredients together, incorporate everything well.
(2)Heat a hot griddle or pan lightly oil and brown on 1 side 3-5 minutes and same on other side. Set aside as your finished.

(3)Heat a pan with some oil, sautee onions and chili peppers, when onions are translucent season with salt and pepper add cilantro and tomato, sautee until tomato is kinda cooked and some water until it is a kind of thick salsa like when the tomato has released some of its liquid. Set aside in a bowl.
(4)When serving spoon some sauce over the paddies.

PLEASE NOTE: You can do this recipe with ground turkey, beef, chicken, veal even by grinding your own fish fillets and using ground shrimp. It is very flexible. You can get any meat in your fridge grind it and use it to.

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