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Fonda San Miguel Makes Panuchos

Chef Jeff Martinez from Fonda San Miguel prepares Panuchos.nRecipe:n2 cups finely-ground deep-yellow masa harinan1 3/8 cups cold watern1/2 teaspoon saltn1/4 cup refried black beans — pureed – see * noten(or use good-quality canned refriedn– beans)n2/3 cup vegetable oiln2 cups shredded roasted chickenn1 cup roasted tomato salsa — see * noten1 cup pickled red onions — see * noten1 avocado — peeled, seeded,n– and slicednNote: See the “Refried Black Beans”, “Roasted Tomato Salsa” and “Pickled Red Onions” recipes which are included in this collection.nIn a large bowl combine first three ingredients and stir until smooth. The dough should be slightly sticky and form a ball when pressed together. To test, flatten a small piece of dough between your palms. If the edges crack, add water to the dough, a tablespoon at a time, until a test piece does not crack.nDivide the masa into 12 pieces and form each into a ball. Press or roll each into a 4-inch circle. Heat a dry cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat and cook the tortillas. When cool enough to handle, pick up each puffed tortilla and make a 1 1/2-inch slit about 1/4-inch from the edge to make a pocket, being careful not to cut all the way through the tortilla. Puree the Refried Black Beans and stuff 2 teaspoons of the bean puree in each pocket. Flatten to seal and spread the beans evenly. Reserve the stuffed tortillas on a tray covered with a barely damp cloth.nHeat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over high heat.nFry the stuffed tortillas in batches, adding more oil as necessary, until they are a little crisp around the edges but still pliable. Drain on paper towels. Then place on a tray and keep warm in a 200 degree oven.nHeat the chicken in a small pan over low heat.nRemove the tray of panuchos from the oven. Top each with a scant tablespoon of Roasted Tomato Salsa. Sprinkle on the chicken and Pickled Red Onions and top each with a small avocado slice.nServe warm or at room temperature.nVariation: In case your tortillas do not puff, here is an alternative plan; fry them as is in the oil, and then spread with a very fine layer of beans followed by the other ingredients.
rhonda lee. lee. miguel fonda san miguel2330 west north loop boulevard www.fondasanmiguel.com l.com tension runs high

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