Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Masa Ball Soup: Supposedly the Easiest Recipe of April
Just looking at this recipe, I knew it didn't belong on the first page of April. The recipes are supposed to be listed easiest to hardest each month, and, well...
The dough was easy enough to put together - just masa harina, baking powder, salt, shortening, broth, cheese, cilantro and chiles all mixed together. The problem is, since they're to be floated in soup later, the dumplings need to be fried to seal out the water or else they will disintegrate into the soup. This wouldn't be a problem except that simply heating oil on my stove sets off the Most Agonizing Fire Alarm on Earth.
So I had to barely fry these at a wimpy low temperature and, bottom line, they didn't quite fry enough. No matter. At least I didn't set off the alarm. They lasted long enough for a photo and lunch, but when I reheated this for dinner the dumplings were nowhere to be found but the soup was pleasantly thick and cheesy.