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.


Alyse said...

I have the fire alarm problem in my apartment. Especially when I'm baking. If the oven is above 400 degrees and it's open for more than five seconds, my alarm goes off.

Despite not being able to fry them enough they appeared to hold together well.

I've been following your blog for awhile, btw, and never commented. But I enjoy it. :)

Deborah said...

Blasted oversensitive fire alarms! Sometimes they take the joy out of cooking.
Glad you like the blog!