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Here's the New Mexican Side Your Bread Basket Needs

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Gourmandize

In New Mexico, this popular food is served with just about everything. Could it be the dipping companion or bread alternative your meals are missing? 

Sopapillas

Sopapillas

We're talking about New Mexican sopapillas, and if you've never tried one, you've been missing out. Sopapillas are a popular puffy, pillow-like pastry, used in much the same way as other common breads. These incredible crispy treats can be served in a variety of ways, both sweet and savory.

In New Mexican restaurants, sopapillas are typically served as a dessert with a side of honey, or honey butter. However, these versatile fried pastries can also be served like a side of bread, great for sopping up sauces, dipped or shredded into soups, or used to scoop up food. 

Latin American countries have their own version of sopaipillas, but the New Mexican sopapilla is quite different and typically much less dense. What makes them so special is their hollow shape and crispy exterior. They're basically a hybrid of the Latin American kind and Native American frybread, which is a fried, flat dough bread. 

Thanks to their adaptable flavor profile, New Mexican sopapillas go great with everything, which makes them a great bread alternative for any table. You can also serve them as a dessert with any array of sweet toppings. Or you could even make an entire meal out of a sopapilla by loading one up with your choice of protein, some cheese, guacamole, chili and any other typical enchilada or taco topping. It can transform into a tempting bread bowl of savory and spicy goodness.

So the next time you're wondering what to serve with dinner, try this homemade recipe from New Mexican Foodie.


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INGREDIENTS

  • 2.25 Cups of flour
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 3 Tsp. of lard
  • 1/5 Cup of warm water
  • 5 Tsp. of olive oil
  • 1 Onion, minced
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 1 Tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 Tsp. of cumin
  • 2 Garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 Can of diced tomatoes

METHOD

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, beaten egg, lard, warm water, and olive oil, and mix thoroughly. 
  2. In a hot pan, pour a little olive oil and sautée the onions, until tender. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic and diced tomatoes. Cook until beef is no longer pink, and the flavors have incorporated well. 
  3. Roll out the empanada dough, and cut out circles with a ramekin. 
  4. Cover a baking tray with a piece of parchment paper, and place the dough circles on top. 
  5. Fill with meat mixture, fold in half and press with the edge of a fork. Brush with egg yolk to glaze.
  6. Cook at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Remove from oven... and enjoy!

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