What exactly is a gorditas?
Gorditas means little fatty and are a popular Mexican street food. We describe them as a corn pocket that has been lightly fried to create a very happy blend of crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Kind of like a cross between a corn tortilla and a pita pocket, these golden beauties are sliced open and filled with any scrumptious filling you can find. They are gluten free and utterly delicious.
We have been making gorditas at Mucho Gusto right from the beginning, in fact, this whole food cart idea sort of stemmed from a gorditas inspired evening of cooking at our home (at the time) in Port Edward. They were so inspiring, that for quite a while, the business was going to be called Gorditas and that was going to be our main item. They are THAT good, and now, even better. We are super happy though that we decided in the end to branch into the taco and burrito territory as well. Who doesn't love a good homemade flour tortilla or burrito?!
Being at the end of the supply chain here in Prince Rupert sometimes means it is hard to get certain products. For us, Masa Harina, was one of those products.
Masa is a corn flour that is made with nixtamalized corn. The process of nixtamilization, or soaking and cooking the corn kernels in lime solution, softens the kernel and increases the bioavailability of certain nutrients. On the kitchen end, this results in a softer product that is also much easier to work with!
We have been making our gorditas with a delicious corn flour from Anita's Mills, and although we feel like we did our best to perfect the recipe, they were always a little difficult to work with and dried out a little too fast for our liking. So many trials to get to a solid on-point place with those beauties.
This past week, our friend and local Bulkley Valley food rep, surprised us a with two giant bags of Masa Harina! We were so excited to see what the differences would be between the two flours that we made two batches of gorditas right away. Wow, what a difference.
Softer and fluffier than our usual gorditas, these things are seriously next level. Hence Gorditas 20.0.