I love to eat with my hands. My grandmother, who was a stickler for manners, used to cringe as I picked my favorite ingredients out of my salad or reached across the table to taste something from someone else’s plate. Now that I am an adult, my habits haven’t changed much, and I am still a sucker for food that I can pick up. Tacos, nachos, warm slices of pizza. Yes, please. Another one of my favorite hand held foods is pupusas. Have you ever heard of them?
Pupusas are a Salvadorian dish made from a fine cornmeal dough, filled with cheese, beans or meat. Mexican Gorditas are very similar to pupusas, although they are stuffed with more ingredients. (Fun fact: Gorditas, translated into English, means “little fatty” because they are plump with fillings!) Not only is the dough simple to make, but they are very easy to assemble, making them a perfect food for your young sous-chefs to cook.
Simply follow the directions for how to make the dough on your bag of masa. You can get creative with your fillings. My daughter is a vegetarian, so we kept ours simple with black beans and cheese. I used cheese that I had on hand, but it would have been delicious with crumbled feta or cotija cheese as well.
Once your dough is made, just form a little disc, top it with ingredients, and then top it with another disc. Then, press the edges together and flatten it.
It’s okay if the edges crack a little bit because you will pinch them together once you top it with the second layer of dough.
Once you have your pupusas assembled, cook them in a skillet. I LOVE my cast iron skillet and use it for almost everything. Either brush your skillet with oil or use some nonstick spray. Add the pupusas to the skillet and cook on each side until it is golden brown (maybe 3 minutes, depending on how hot your pan is).
Once they have cooled, go ahead and pick them up and eat them with your hands! Dip them into guacamole, salsa, or sour cream if that floats your boat. Don’t worry, I won’t tell my grandma.
P is for Pupusas
Call the kids to do this fun P is for Pupusas – Printable Activity for Kids . It will encourage them practice writing the ingredients for this easy recipe. It also gives them the opportunity to draw their pupusa making experience in the kitchen!
If you make these pupusas or do this printable activity with your kids, I would LOVE to see pictures! It would make my heart sing to see them on Instagram or in my email box! If you are using social media, please use the hashtag #cookandlearn. xo M.
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