Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tostadas for Brunch (Merienda)

Well, it started out as just another beautiful morning on Guam, temperature in the 80s, white puffy clouds, blue sky. It felt good to get out in the yard and do a little tree trimming and general yard cleaning.

My wife and I took a break around 9:30am and we were trying to figure out what we wanted to eat. My wife Lupe recommended tostadas. I knew we had all the ingredients for this quick dish ready to go and of course I was all for it.

Everything was homemade. We had the crispy fried corn tortillas, the pinto beans, refried using bacon grease, the homemade pico de gallo salsa, freshly cut lettuce and a little cheese and cilantro on the side.

We ate 2 tostadas each and that was plenty. The good thing about tostadas are that they are a relatively healthy dish and you are not left with that heavy feeling in your stomach. Unless of course you just can't stop eating, which is probably the hardest thing to do.

They definitely hit the spot. Here are a few pictures:

A typical tostada. But one of the secrets to frying the tortilla is to add a little salt to the oil before frying. This gives the corn tortilla a slight salty flavor. It really makes a difference.

The entire setup. All you've got to do is make your own and chow down.

Though the pico de gallo salsa is made with local hot pepper, my wife needs to add her favorite, Tabasco Sauce.

Pico de gallo salsa. Here is the recipe:
Ingredients and directions:
3 medium tomatoes diced
1 medium onion diced smaller than the tomatoes
Cilantro roughly chopped add enough to taste (you can always add more when you are serving)
The juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
Salt to taste
Minced garlic is optional
Mix it all together and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Baked or roasted chicken or other meat topping are optional.

Just about gone!!!

One happy camper.

You can make everything ahead of time so that when you are in the mood, it's all ready for you.

This pretty much fueled us up for the rest of the afternoon in the yard. 

The long but relaxing day is coming to an end.

Until next time....

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