Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Maitake Pupusas

At this early date in April, we can start adding some fresh greens to our meals while still using our freezer full of foraged plants and mushrooms. Over the year, we collect many mushroom species and preserve them in various ways: in a salt brine, dehydrated, or frozen. We are trying to empty out the freezer so we can begin restocking it with fresh foraged foods!

One of the dozens of maitake from autumn 2016

Pupusas are thick stuffed tortillas made in El Salvador. The tortilla is made from masa and a touch of rice flour then stuffed with a melty, stretchy cheese, plus sometimes beans or a protein. Here we coarsely chopped up frozen maitake (Grifola frondosa) mushroom, and crisped it up with some diced onions in a sautee pan. Then it was mixed in with some shredded mozzarella and some smoked mozzarella. Robert mixes up the pupusa dough and fills the tortilla with a handful of filling before griddlling it in a cast iron plan. The result is a savory, gooey, and hot pocket with wonderfully stretchy cheese inside.

Mixed veggie curtido

Pupusas are typically served with curtido, a lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar. We didn't have any chilis on hand, but wanted to add some greens and other fresh flavors to the slaw. Our small yard yielded some chickweed (Stellaria media), sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), and yard garlic (Allium vineale) for a kick.


Sheep sorrel

Yard onions, crow's garlic, it has many common names, Allium vineale

1 comment:

marilynsherman@narlib.org said...

Hi Karen,
Brenda Fecteau shared how much her patrons enjoyed the 3 Foragers presentation. I was wondering if you would be interested in presenting at our library in Narragansett in June or July as part of our summer reading program? I tried emailing but I got a bounce back.

Thank you,
Marilyn Sherman
Adult Services
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
35 Kingstown Rd,
Narragansett RI 02882
401-789-9507 ext 4