Wednesday, December 07, 2005

(VF)RotW: Flautas

Morningstar Farms Veggie Crumbles(TM) - 1 bag
Onion - approx. 1/4
Cheddar cheese, shredded - as much as you want
Flour tortillas
Red Pepper Flakes
Garlic Powder
Desired condiments (sour cream, salsa, guac, etc.)

Step one is to dice and saute the onion (medium heat, use olive oil). Add a few shakes of red pepper flakes, salt & pepper to the pan. When the onions start getting soft, add the frozen taco substance (Morningstar Crumbles). There's no need to actually cook this; just heat it up and add seasonings (garlic powder & cumin). When hot, turn the stove heat to low.

In a large pan, heat some olive oil. It's hot enough when you can toss a little piece of tortilla in the oil and see it immediately start frying. Prep your flauta by spreading grated cheese on a tortilla (over the whole thing), adding a line of taco substance along one side, and rolling up like a taquito. It helps to fold in the top & bottom ends before rolling, since it keeps the insides from falling out, but it's not necessary if you want to be a purist. ;) (I just fold the bottom end.)

Place the flauta seam-side down in the oil, and let it fry for a little while. Roll it over with tongs to make sure the whole outside is a nice and crispy golden brown. Remove from the pan and place on paper towels to remove excess oil. Add condiments as desired, and enjoy (but be careful, because it will be very, very hot). Make and eat more flautas thereafter until full. :)


Marcy said...

yummy! although I'll probably sub in beef instead of taco substance since it's pretty scarce in my house ;)

Momentary Academic said...

I love flautas so much. Great choice.

Tom said...

Yeah, Marcy, we rely rather heavily on the taco-substance.