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The Secret to Great Mexican Platters
How do the restaurants make such picture perfect platters of burritos, beans, and rice? They load up the plate and put it in a hot oven for five minutes. That’s the secret and it’s that simple.
Five Steps to Great Burritos and Enchiladas
This is so simple that you won’t even need a recipe.
- Make the filling. It can be anything that you want. Cheese enchiladas can be as simple as grated mild cheddar. Sautéed ground beef and onions work well especially with a bit of garlic.
- Fry the tortillas. Use just a bit of oil and fry both sides. Do not overcook or they will be stiff and brittle. While the tortillas are frying, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Fill the tortillas. Fill and roll the tortillas. Use a measuring scoop to get the same in each—usually a third or half cup will do. If your meat filling has cooled, heat it the microwave so that you lading warm filling into your tortillas.
- Load the platter. Put two or three of the filled tortillas on a platter. Load on some Spanish rice and some beans. Black beans or refried beans from a can will do. Ladle a red or green sauce over the tortillas.
- Heat it in the oven. Five minutes at 400 degrees will do. Remove the plate from the oven and garnish with more cheese. Stick it back in the oven for a minute to melt the cheese. Serve hot garnished with sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and tomatoes, or olives.
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