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Jan 7, 2008 04:06 PM


A co-worker brought in papusa(sp?) the other day and it was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted, I was wondering if anyone here has a recipe and any experience making them.

He said they were huge back in El Salvador, and that they were very tough to make, the way he described it made making them seem intimidating.

Any help is much appreciated.

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  1. They sure are tasty little things, aren't they? I tried making them once. My husband says that, in our fifteen years together, he can count on one hand the number of disastrously inedible meals he's seen me make. Those pupusas were one. They leaked and fell apart from counter to frying pan and turned into a big godawful mess. I remember swearing a lot and finally flinging the whole batch in the trash.

    I learned great respect for those Salvadoran cooks who make it look so easy. Maybe I could get there, too, with enough practice, but I haven't tried again. Fortunately, there are a couple of good Salvadoran restaurants in my neighborhood when I get the craving!

    1. MsMaryMc is right, the manual dexterity of Salvadoran cooks making *pupusas* is very impressive.

      My poor mans substitute is to make two thick tortillas from fresh masa and press them together (after filling, of course). The result isn't perfectly flat but it kinda works.

      I'm still trying to find the perfect cheese for the filling - the Mexican style cheeses available near me are lousy. So far a mix of jack and parmesan or romano works OK.

      1. That's "pupusa" - spell it that way and you'll find lots of recipes.

        Can't be that hard - there are pupusa trucks all over where I live (Arlington VA) and pupuseria restaurants too.

        Be aware - calorie disaster!