Huaraches - Stuffed Prickly Pear Cactus Paddles - Stuffed Nopale

Recipe by Molly53
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READY IN: 30mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place the whole cactus paddles, onion and garlic in a large pot with water to cover and salt to taste.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes, or until the nopales are tender but still firm.
  • Drain and rinse.
  • Starting at the wide, curved end, carefully slice each paddle horizontally, as if butterflying a chop for stuffing.
  • 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.
  • Place a slice of cheese between the two sections and press flat.
  • Dredge the paddles in flour.
  • Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks, and fold in the lightly beaten egg yolks.
  • Pour enough oil into large skillet so that it comes up at least 1/2 inch.
  • Heat the oil until sizzling hot.
  • Dip the stuffed nopales in the egg batter to coat and fry in the hot oil until golden brown on each side.
  • Serve immediately with red salsa.
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