Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Flautas or Roller Tacos

Flautas or rolled tacos. I'm sure most of you are familiar with these, crunchy and tasty "antojitos" type of Mexican Food. These are "whims" or "cravings" as the translation and are actually just that, something you crave and we have a world full of them. Under this classification you get tacos, tortas, flautas, chalupas, sopes, pellizcadas, etc. the list goes on, but you get the idea, right? Today it's flautas (flutes is the literal translation), rolled tacos to most. You will need decent corn tortillas that are soft and pliable. You could use refrigerated ones as long as you heat them up a little so they can be worked with. This is a great "clean out the fridge type dish" and you can use any leftovers as a filling. I had some shedded pollo rostizado and some Carne de Puerco en Salsa Poblana so I used that. Vegetarian is also great, saute some veggies and you're in business. These taquitos have very little filling, just some threads, and should be rolled up tight. You can put a toothpick to hold them in place or lay them close together and freeze for 1/2 hour so they will stay in shape too. Take a large pan and put and inch or two of oil and heat to high for frying. Fry the flautas, while turning until they are golden brown. Drain. For the topping: You will need Pico de Gallo Salsa (chop fine tomato, onion and cilantro, you can add serrano pepper too), salt and pepper and some lemon and mix. Shred some lettuce, really fine. Get a local avocado (paguas they're called or water avocados, not the Hass ones which are expensive). Peel and take the seed out and place in the blender (one med one will do), put about 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper, 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 onion, chicken consome powder, 1 tbls white vinegar and 1 tbls lemon juice. Blend until smooth and taste all the time until it tastes right to you (you know what you like, trust yourself). If it's too thick, add water or more lemon, a little at a time. Should be a med thick sauce to pour over. To serve: Put 5-6 flautas on a plate. Top with Pico de Gallo, lettuce and avocado sauce. Crema on top is also done(my kids put catsup on top of all this too). Messy and yummy, easy and filling.

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