So before we get started, I have to share a very special picture with you that my dad just found this past weekend. I’ve decided this picture means that I was clearly destined to have a baking blog one day!
The adorable tyke in the red and white jumper is my younger brother, and the one on the stool is yours truly. This picture clearly documents an important teaching moment, that of the older sister to the younger brother about how to properly lick the bowl clean.
Ok, back to recipes. Today, I bring to you a HenderBarry family speciality – tostadas. We had these all the time growing up, and they were definitely one of my favorite meals. And I can see the appeal to my mom, fast and easy!
4-8 corn tortillas (generally 2 per person)
4 tablespoons canola oil
1 can low-fat refried beans, warmed
1 cup shredded cheese (can leave off if you don’t eat dairy)
1/4 cup onions, lightly sautéed (optional)
1 cup tomatoes, diced (could also do salsa instead)
1/4 cup black olives, diced (optional)
1 cup lettuce, diced
1 cup guacamole (recipe below)
1/4 cup sour cream (optional, we also threw some chives on top)
1. Start by frying the tortillas. Place the canola oil in a medium size pan on the stove over medium heat. Once the oil has heated, place one tortilla in the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until both sides are lightly browned. Once done, set on a paper towel to dry. Repeat until all of the tortillas are done.
2. Avocados are amazing plain, so quite frankly you could just throw them on top without officially turning them into guacamole. But for this dish, I really love to turn them into a smooth guacamole first. I mix the avocados in a food processor (only if you like softer guacamole – you can also mix them by hand with a fork if you prefer it to be chunky). I love cumin, so I generally add about 2-3 tablespoons. If you want a little spice, throw in a teaspoon of chili powder. The last thing is to throw in a teaspoon’s worth of plain yogurt or sour cream to give it that smooth quality. Then mix until smooth.
3. Lastly, place out all of your other ingredients in individual bowls. Let everyone “create” their own masterpiece by piling up their tortillas. Although you can do any combination of ingredients, I definitely recommend starting with the beans!