MEXICO: Shredded Roast Chicken on Sopes with Pumpkin Pesto
Updated: Jan 28
Shredded Roast Chicken on Sopes with Pumpkin Pesto
1 lb shredded chicken, off a rotisserie
2 cups packed cilantro
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup toasted pepitas
1/3 cup finely grated parmesan
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons water
Pulse cilantro, oil, pepitas, parmesan, land lime juice a food processor until finely chopped; season with salt
Sopes (can be bought precooked at many Latin markets)
1 1/2 cups masa harina
1 cup water
1 pinch salt
Mix the masa and water together into a smooth consistency for about 3 to 5 minutes. If working in large amounts cover bowl with a damp towel to keep from drying out.
Take a piece of the dough about the side of a cue ball, and roll into a firm ball. Place masa ball in the middle of two sheet of plastic wrap, and use a heavy book to apply pressure until ball pushes out to 4 to 5-inch diameter. (if edges of patty are cracked deeply the dough maybe too dry or if the patty does not remove from the plastic easily the dough maybe too moist – adjust accordingly.
Heat a heavy pan to very hot. Place masa patty on pan without any oil, brown on both sides, approximately 1 minute on each side. Remove and let cool.
While still warm, remove the center of the dough, and form the edges up, making a hollow tart like shell.
Heat 1-inch of canola oil to 350 degrees F. Add sope shells to oil and cook on both sides until crispy and golden brown. Keep warm in a 250° oven.
Top with cooked chicken and pesto
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