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    Huaraches - Stuffed Prickly Pear Cactus Paddles - Stuffed Nopale

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    Molly53's Note:

    Named for the flat soles of the country people's sandals that they resemble. Originating at the Nopal Fair in Tlaxcalancingo, Puebla, Mexico and to be found at food vendors in Mexico City.

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    1. 1
      Place the whole cactus paddles, onion and garlic in a large pot with water to cover and salt to taste.
    2. 2
      Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes, or until the nopales are tender but still firm.
    3. 3
      Drain and rinse.
    4. 4
      Starting at the wide, curved end, carefully slice each paddle horizontally, as if butterflying a chop for stuffing.
    5. 5
      Do not cut all the way through to the narrow end (the thicker part where the pad is attached to the main plant) but leave approximately 1 1/2" uncut.
    6. 6
      Place a slice of cheese between the two sections and press flat.
    7. 7
      Dredge the paddles in flour.
    8. 8
      Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks, and fold in the lightly beaten egg yolks.
    9. 9
      Pour enough oil into large skillet so that it comes up at least 1/2 inch.
    10. 10
      Heat the oil until sizzling hot.
    11. 11
      Dip the stuffed nopales in the egg batter to coat and fry in the hot oil until golden brown on each side.
    12. 12
      Serve immediately with red salsa.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 26, 2007


      I finally located some fresh nopales, and this was a very nice way to use them. They were a bit fussy to stuff, but my nopales may have been a lot thinner than the usual (they were too thin to be split in half at some parts). The batter was nice and fluffy, and the final product was good with hot sauce. Thanks for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Huaraches - Stuffed Prickly Pear Cactus Paddles - Stuffed Nopale

    Serving Size: 1 (35 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 58.5
    Calories from Fat 22
    Total Fat 2.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 105.7 mg
    Sodium 35.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 0.4 g
    Protein 3.7 g

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