Anyhow. Tangent aside...
|tomatoes, prepare to be roasted...|
Get the recipe after the jump!
We happened upon the torta sandwiches by chance, really. After purchasing a bag of square rolls on sale at the grocery store, Sean found the recipe on the back when we brought it home. Turns out we'd purchased what are called Telera rolls, a mexican bread that is crusty, soft, and slightly flat. They are so closely tied that another name for the Torta is the Telera sandwich. Naturally, we had to try them.
The recipe on the back of the bread bag and then the hundreds of recipes I found online for the Torta sandwich all seemed to be different, so there's definitely variation. However, there are ground rules. Besides the bread, you MUST have:
1. refried beans
2. Some sort of creamy spread: crema, mayo, and sour cream all work well
5. some kind of cheese
|look at all those delicious layers!|
1. Harvested the rest of the meat from a whole chicken we'd eaten the day before. Threw that in a skillet with jalapenos, garlic, salt and pepper, lime juice, onions and paprika. Let it simmer a while on the stove.
2. Warmed up some refried beans from the can
3. Preheated the oven to 350 and threw the Telera rolls in there to get a little warm before everything went on them.
4. Popped open the can of chipotles in adobo and mixed it into some mayonnaise. I did it to taste. It depends on how much heat you want. Remember there are other spicy elements in the sandwich, so don't make this too firey-hot.
5. Got the bread out of the oven and sliced it open face. Spread that Chipotle Mayo onto both sides, then started layering everything on: smashed avocado, the chicken mixture, pepper jack cheese, a handful of fresh cilantro, fresh tomato slices and the warmed refried beans.
6. Wrapped the sandwiches tightly in foil. I stuck them in the oven for about 5 minutes, just to get everything warm and melty.
7. Took the Tortas out and cut them in half with the foil still on. I don't know if it would be possible to eat these without the foil. Everything would probably ooze off.
and they were delicious! Also very filling, so I would probably serve a half sandwich with the soup. I highly recommend trying both of these recipes, even if it's not together. Enjoy! -hil
|the finished product.|