Make Your Own Torta

If you’ve been to Bolillo Tortas, you know that the Mexican Torta is a delicious piece of the Mexican culture. Follow these steps to make your won at home:

Here’s How:

  • If you’re using bread from a French or Italian loaf, cut off a piece about six inches long. Cut the bread half lengthwise, and scoop out the soft part of the bread from inside the loaf and discard it.
  • Spread a thin layer of refried beans over the bottom half of the bread. Spread a little cream on the top half, and smear a couple tablespoons of avocado over this. Press down so that it sticks to the bread.
  • Layer the slices of ham and cheese over the lower bread half. (If you prefer, you can omit the ham and use frankfurters – sliced lengthwise — instead.)
  • Lay the thinly sliced onion and the chili peppers on top of the ham and cheese slices.
  • Place the top half on the sandwich, and press down lightly. Cut torta in half, if desired, to make it easier to pick up and eat.
  • Wrap a napkin around the torta so that it won’t fall apart as you eat it. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Mexicans use a bread made especially for this — bolillo or telera. You can substitute a long loaf of French or Italian white bread.
  • If you don’t have any heavy cream on hand, use softened butter instead.
  • If desired, lightly toast the bread before adding the other ingredients; then grill the whole sandwich slightly before you eat it.

 

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