Cookthink's Root Source Challenge #26 is Tortilla Chips! After winning their plum challenge with pizza with plums, onions, Gorgonzola, and pine nuts, I was excited to enter a recipe using tortilla chips. However, coming up with an original recipe that featured tortilla chips as a key ingredient wasn't easy. Of course I thought about Mexican lasagna, chips and dips (especially Jenny's special chicken dip!), but that did not seem exciting enough.
I then remembered a dish my dad makes with soaked matzo, eggs, milk and oil. That was my inspiration for this Tortilla Torta.
a few hand-fulls of white corn tortillas
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
1) soak tortilla chips in 1/2 hot water and 1/2 milk mixture. Press the chips into the liquid and soak for about 5 minutes.
2) meanwhile, cook the red onion in the oil for about 2-3 minutes
3) squeeze the water/milk mixture from tortilla chips (reserving a few tablespoons of the liquid). Add the soaked tortilla chips to the onion mixture and cook for a few minutes until golden brown.
5) after 6 minutes, slide the torta on a clean plate and then flip the entire thing back into the pan and cook uncovered for 2 minutes.
Thoughts: I'm quite pleased with how this dish came out. The edges of the torta were crispy thanks to the oil, while the center was soft and moist. The onions definitely added a little bite, and the parsley added a bit of freshness.
Variations: Try different flavors of tortilla chips, or adding some vegetables into the mixture. This is a great idea for brunch.