Quesadillas Fritas with Cheese and Chile or Mushrooms

Quesadillas Fritas de Queso y Rajas o Hongos

Mexico is a large and diverse country, as are most, and one way to appreciate the diversity of any State is through their cuisine. In Italy a certain dish from Venice may be a completely different experience in Florence using the same ingredients. 

Mexico and Mexican Food is no different. Different regions of Mexico, as well as Southern United States, have their take on the Mexican Colonial classic that is the Quesadilla. In central and southern regions of Mexico, a quesadilla is a flat circle of cooked corn masa, warmed to soften it enough to be folded in half, and then filled. 

In Mexico City, the quesadillas can be fried in oil to make quesadillas fritas. The main difference is while the traditional ones are prepared just filling the partially cooked tortillas, then continue cooking until the cheese melts, the fried ones are prepared like a pastry, preparing the uncooked masa in small circles, then topping with the filling and finally folding the quesadilla to form the pastry. It is then immersed into hot oil until the exterior looks golden and crispy.

Call them Quesadillas or Empanadas, either way they are delicious and Tresierras Supermarkets has all the supplies you need.
Recipe after the jump