I couldn't figure out what to make for dinner this weekend so I thought and thought and I ended up using the leftover taco rice to make Mexican Rice Pockets. I have this big bag of corn flour that I bought with the intention of making corn tortillas but they didn't turn out as yummy as expected so I haven't used it since.
tortilla press that I got for Christmas.
Patty's Mexican Table TV show on PBS, I used the cut plastic bag inside the press. Then I put the ball of corn dough in the middle and squished it around a little. I put the rice and cheese in the middle of the corn dough. On the first one, I took the tortilla off the plastic and the tortilla broke as soon as I put the filling on it :(
Then I remember a very important lesson from Patty (and her Mexican table). First I added a little more water to the dough just in case. Then, I pressed another one out and I kept it on the plastic. I pressed both sides together using the plastic bag so that I was never actually touching the dough. It was super easy and then the completed pocket just came right off so much more easily!!
I heated up some oil in a skillet and pan fried the pockets (or my own little leftover empanada recipe). Some of the edges weren't as pretty but they cooked up super yummy!!
One even had a little cheese squeeze out the edge and it just made it more yummy! Can you see the orange line around the edge?? That is the cheese :)
I love reusing the leftovers in yummy new ways! I think that I am going to add this to the list of things that I would make again. I have to figure out a million uses for my big bag of corn flour so any suggestions would be appreciated!!! I searched the Internet but didn't find anything really interesting.
Of course, I really need to give another go to the corn tortilla recipe because we are running out of the corn tortillas in the fridge soon :) If anyone has a better recipe then on the bag, please let me know what the magic ingredient is so that I can try it too!!