Monday, January 23, 2012

Tacos de Papa


-2 lbs of Russet potatoes, cut into 1-2 inch chunks
-2-3 small cloves of garlic, chopped or minced
-Fresh cilantro
-2 green onions (as topping)
-3 tablespoons of olive oil for coating potatoes
-1/4* cups of olive oil for frying
(*depending on size of pan-I used a small one)
-Salt and black pepper to taste

Heat oven at 400 degrees.  Cut potatoes and toss in a bowl with olive oil, garlic,
salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro.  Make sure the potatoes are generously coated.
Place in a baking pan and heat for about 30-35 minutes, or until the potatoes are
soft to a fork's touch.

Once the potatoes are thoroughly cooked, place in a bowl and mash 'em up!
(I chose to add a small amount of shredded cheese here.)
Meanwhile, heat up some olive oil over medium/high heat.  I chose a small deep pan since
I'm only cooking for one tonight-by choice. ;)
Anyways, taste the mixture to see if it needs more salt, it probably will.

To prevent tortilla breakage, heat tortillas slightly in a microwave before
you spoon some of the potato mixture onto them.
Use a piece of tortilla to test
if the oil is ready for frying...

Fold the tortilla in half and fry on each side for about 20 seconds.
Notice that I prepared a drying area with paper towels.
Please be careful not to place the paper towels too close to the open flame!
Just sayin'...

Serve immediately with toppings of your choice.

There are so many choices of toppings to dress up these tacos.
I dressed mine up with some avocado salsa and a side of avocado slices.
I've seen them topped with chopped tomatoes and lettuce.
My mom tops these with the same sauce used on the tostadas from a previous post:

I have so many ideas to improve this recipe!  Feel free to share your variations
We would LOVE to hear from you!