Friday, August 24, 2012

Mexican Rice Pockets with corn shell

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.
I decided to mix up 1/2 cup of corn flour with a dash of salt and water (per the package directions).  Then I used my fancy tortilla press that I got for Christmas. 
As suggested from 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!!

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