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Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell Photo by: Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Pupusa Casserole

Typically, a pupusa is a patty of masa harina dough that's filled with meat and cheese, flattened, and baked. This easier version dispenses with having to fill and shape the individual patties.

Cooking Light APRIL 2001

  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • Filling:
  • 2 cups nopalitos (about 6 chopped nopales - cactus paddles)
  • 2 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers, divided
  • Dough:
  • 2 1/4 cups masa harina
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

To prepare filling, cook nopalitos in boiling water 10 minutes. Drain.

Sprinkle the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt, cumin, and pepper. Heat a medium nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; cool slightly, and shred with 2 forks.

Heat the pan coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in nopalitos, chicken, and 2/3 cup cheese. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

To prepare dough, combine masa harina, water, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly. Press one-third of dough into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread filling over dough. Gently press remaining dough into a 4-inch square on heavy-duty plastic wrap. Cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll, still covered, into an 11 x 7-inch rectangle. Remove bottom sheet of plastic wrap; fit dough over filling. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 234
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 3.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.8g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 35mg
  • Iron: 3.3mg
  • Sodium: 474mg
  • Calcium: 244mg
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