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    Cancun Masa Tarts

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    1 hr 50 mins

    30 mins

    1 hr 20 mins

    That Napa Chicken Ranch's Note:

    We had these at a bbq recently and begged for the recipe! Prepared Masa is not that hard- follow the recipe on the masa bag and save about 3/4 lb for this recipe!

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    Masa Tart Shells

    Custard Filling


    1. 1
      Prepare Custard Filling:.
    2. 2
      Note: Reserve a small amount of minced peppers for garnish.
    3. 3
      Preheat oven to 350°F Cut heads of garlic in half horizontally and place cut side up in a roasting pan. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over each half. Sprinkle pan with 2 to 3 tablespoons water, cover tightly with foil, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
    4. 4
      Uncover and continue baking until garlic is golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes more. Remove from pan and let cool. Squeeze softened garlic from husks and purée in a blender with a small amount of olive oil.
    5. 5
      In a mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks and set aside. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring cream, bell peppers, and puréed garlic to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Gradually add cream mixture to egg yolks, stirring continuously with a spoon. Season with salt and pepper.
    6. 6
      Make the Masa Tart Shells:.
    7. 7
      Note: You will need a muffin tin with cups measuring 1 1/2 inches in diameter to make bite-size tarts.
    8. 8
      Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Using an electric mixer, combine masa and shortening.
    9. 9
      Add salt and powdered chile and mix again. Add chicken stock in 3 batches, mixing well with a spoon after each addition. Dough should be a thick paste; add more masa if too thin.
    10. 10
      Using your fingers or a small spoon, press dough 1/8 inch thick into each cup of muffin tin.
    11. 11
      Assemble Tarts:.
    12. 12
      Ladle custard to just under rim. Bake in a water bath for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
    13. 13
      Remove muffin tin from oven, loosen tarts with a knife, and remove from tin. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and garnish with minced peppers.
    14. 14
      Tarts can be cooked up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated. Reheat at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Makes 24 tarts.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cancun Masa Tarts

    Serving Size: 1 (51 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 24

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 153.2
    Calories from Fat 89
    Total Fat 9.9 g
    Saturated Fat 4.6 g
    Cholesterol 42.5 mg
    Sodium 130.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 2.8 g

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