In addition to preparing the masa (cornmeal), I will be preparing one the fillings for the pupusas, chicharron (pork). I have found these videos very helpful to guide me in the process.
There are two different ways to prepare the masa (cornmeal). One is by using the Maseca powder for pupusas. Another way is by purchasing the already made masa at the supermarket. I'll be trying both ways and see which method is better. Wish me luck!
Throughout the years I have developed a passion for cooking. I never thought the day would come to finally admit it. I come from a family of great cooks, starting with my deceased grandmother down to my mom. Cooking has always been very important and an essential part for our family. I find cooking to be therapeutic and allows for creativity. I like having the flexibility of adding my personal touch to recipes and creating new dishes. Additionally, I enjoy hosting friends and family, finding the social moments important. Not only do I find cooking fun, but beneficial to having a fresh, homemade, well prepared meal.
For this project, I chose how to make pupusas. Pupusas are a staple food found in my country of birth, El Salvador. Pupusas are corn-based tortillas with a filling - usually cheese, cheese and beans, and/or Salvadoran-style chicharrón (shredded pork). They are served with a pickled cabbage slaw called curtido, and tomato sauce. I chose to learn how to make a quality pupusa because It brings back memories of going out to eat with my parents and friends. Also, I want to impress my mom, family and friends. Believe it or not, my mom does not know how to make pupusas. Additionally, It has been a challenge to find a good pupusa in San Diego. They just do not live up to the traditional pupusa Salvadoreña. To this day, I have found a couple of restaurants in San Diego who serve pupusas. I find that the pupusas are decent, but not traditional, as they have more of a Mexican influence. For example, they may add jalapeños to them, this is a no-no in a traditional pupusa Salvadoreña.
Questions to think about before making a quality pupusa Salvadoreña