Recipe for Memelas with Queso Fresco and Charred Tomato

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Memelas with Queso Fresco and Charred Tomato

Memelas with Queso Fresco and Charred Tomato Sauce
(Gourmet May 2001)

1 lb tomatoes
2 fresh serrano chiles, 1 jalapeno chile or a handful of pickled nacho sliced jalapenos
2 tbsp chopped white onion
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup fresh chopped coriander

2 cups masa harina
1 1/3 cups or so of water

10 oz queso fresco, feta cheese (2 cups) or Panuelo Mexican cheese

Broil the tomatoes and green chile(s) about 2-3" from the coils, on both sides
Peel tomatoes and chiles, core tomatoes, puree with onion in food processor with a little salt
Heat oil in frying pan over medium high heat, pour in sauce, a little first, then the rest, heat bubbling until it thickens 2-5 minutes
Add coriander

MEMELAS (corn chips)
Mix 1/2 tsp salt, 2 cups masa harina and 1 1/3 cups of water with a wooden spoon
Turn into a nice dough
Divide into 16 pieces
Heat frying pan over medium high heat
Roll out memelas to about 3" x 4" between sheets or parchment, wax paper or plastic
Fry 3-4 at a time until lightly golden on each side
If possible, shape them into little dishes with raised edges

Sprinkle cheese on each memela, spoon on sauce, heat them in a 350F oven for 2-3 minutes

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