One of the things I have really enjoyed about living here in Ecuador has been learning to cook some of the “Comida Tipica” or typical Ecuadorian food.
Here are some photos from my recent cooking class with my wonderful teacher, Maritza Barreño here in Crucita. I learned how to make tortillas con queso:
The dough for Tortilla con Queso is made from grated criollo (organic corn boiled on the cob and then grated fine or cornmeal from a bag) corn, egg, salt and a little water, all mixed by hand.
Tortilla con Queso balls are made from the dough as in the bowl shown below here:
The Tortilla de Queso dough balls are next pressed open and a pinch of grated queso fresco, or fresh cheese is inserted as you see Maritza doing in the photo below.
Then the the balls are closed and pressed into the round shape below and placed in a baking pan. Tortilla con Queso balls are now ready for the oven!
After about 45 minutes in the oven, our delicious hot Tortillas con Queso are ready to eat!
Ecuadorians love these in the afternoon with a cup of coffee. Most Ecuadorians eat their biggest meal at lunch so a few of these treats with a cup of coffee tide them until bedtime!
Tortilla de Queso is one of my very favorite foods served here in Ecuador!
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