Gorditas with Turkey Mole

A gordita is a thick pancake made of masa; the edges are pinched up to hold a meat or bean filling and toppings.

Yield: Makes 12 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup refried beans or
  • 1 cup drained and mashed Buzz's Pot of Beans
  • Turkey Mole
  • Toppings

Preparation

  1. Stir together masa harina and broth in a large mixing bowl. Cover and let stand 30 minutes. Add shortening, flour, salt, and baking powder; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Divide dough into 12 golf-size balls. Arrange on wax paper, and cover with damp towels. Pat each ball of dough into a 3-inch circle. (Lightly oil fingers to keep mixture from sticking.) Pinch edges of circles to form a ridge, and press a well into each center to hold toppings. Cover with a damp towel to prevent dough from drying.
  3. Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 inch into a large skillet; heat to 350°. Fry gorditas, in batches, 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Dollop each gordita with 2 tablespoons refried beans; spoon 1 tablespoon Turkey Mole over beans on each gordita. (Reserve extra beans and mole for other uses.) Top gorditas with desired toppings, and garnish, if desired.
  5. Tip: Fill a squirt bottle with sour cream. Squeeze onto top of gordita.
  6. Note: Masa harina is corn flour traditionally used to make corn tortillas. It can be found in the ethnic foods section of larger grocery stores.
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