Enchiladas potosinas

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Preparation time: 30mins
Cooking time: 10 to 30mins

Serves: 2


1 medium dried ancho chilli, deseeded
500ml/18fl oz warm water
375g/13¼oz masa harina (fine corn meal)
½ tsp sea salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
corn oil for frying
300g/10½oz feta cheese, crumbled


1. First prepare the chilli by removing the seeds and cutting it into large chunks. You can do this with scissors or with your fingers. Be careful when dealing with chillies some can be hot and it is best to use rubber gloves. Add 250ml/9fl oz of hot water and leave for a few minutes to make an infusion. Pass through a sieve until you get a smooth paste, it should be dark in colour and fairly thick.
2. Place the masa harina in a mixing bowl. Add the chilli paste (you can do this with a machine or by hand), the salt and the rest of the water. Mix until fully incorporated and the dough resembles marzipan. Leave to rest for a few minutes.
3. Sauté the onion in two tablespoons of oil and when soft and brown, mix with the feta to make the filling.
4. Make the tortillas by placing approx 30g/1¼oz of the dough in between two sheets of plastic and flatten with a rolling pin or if you have one with a tortilla press, you should get a tortilla that is about 8cm/3in in diameter.
5. Take the tortilla from the plastic sheets and fill with about 15g/½oz of the filling, placed in the middle to go across the tortilla,fold in half; you should have something that resembles a half moon with the filling on one side of the enchilada.
6. Repeat the process and when you have finished, heat up some oil - about 150ml/5¼fl oz - in a wide frying pan. When it is smoking, place three or four of the enchiladas with the remaining tortillas and gently cook for about two minutes on each side in the oil. They will go darker in colour and crisp. When they are all crisp, remove from the heat and place the enchiladas on kitchen towels so that the oil drains as much as possible.
7. Serve on a bed of lettuce and eat with guacamole or salsa on top. They can be served hot or cold. To re-heat, simply place on a baking tray and heat them in the oven at 140C/248F/Gas 1 for five minutes. They are perfect as starters or as finger food.


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