Masa Potato and Cheese Snacks, Oaxaca Style

Serves: 30
Total Calories: 78


2 medium Russet potatoes (about 8 ounces) peeled and quartered
2 cups masa, harina, (flour for corn tortillas)
1 1/4 cups hot water
3/4 cup crumbled cotija or grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound Monterey Jack-Colby cheese, cut into 30 sticks, 2-inches long × 1/4-inch wide
vegetable oil for frying


1. In a medium saucepan, boil the potatoes in water to cover until very tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain well, and put in a wide shallow bowl. Coarsely and gently break up the potatoes with a fork. Cool the potatoes to room temperature, and allow the steam to dissipate.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix the masa harina with the water. With clean hands, work the dough together until smooth and soft but not sticky. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent drying.

3. Put the cotija cheese in a food processor bowl, and pulse until finely crumbled. Add the prepared masa dough and salt. Pulse to mix. Add the potato and pulse to combine with the dough. The dough should be soft but not sticky. (Add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if too stiff.)

4. Remove the dough to a flat working surface, and divide the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Cover with plastic wrap. To form the molotes, press 1 ball of dough into a 3-inch circle and put 1 stick of the cheese across the center. Wrap the dough around to enclose the cheese. Seal the ends well, with no cheese peeking through, and gently shape the molote to resemble a torpedo. Lay the molote on a baking sheet and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining dough.

5. In a medium skillet, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil until hot. Fry the molotes, 3 or 4 at a time, frequently turning them, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a 200° oven. Serve warm.

From "1,000 Mexican Recipes." Copyright 2001 by Marge Poore. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 30
Total Calories: 78
Calories from Fat: 51

This Masa Potato and Cheese Snacks, Oaxaca Style recipe is from the 1,000 Mexican Recipes Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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