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Mexico is famous for cuisine. There are a lot of delicious dishes waiting for us to discover. One of them is sope. Read this article of BestLifeTips to see how to cook store bought sopes. Let’s get it!
What is sope
Sope is a Mexican popular street snack. You can find it almost everywhere in Mexico. Sope comprises a fried masa (dough) base with savory toppings. The foundation of the sope is a homemade corn flour shell. A sope can be filled with anything from meat, beans, salsa, cheese or a combination of these.
How to cook store bought sopes by baking
Arrange pre-made or thawed shells in a single layer on a baking sheet; fill with warm beans and chilli.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray each sope on top and on bottom with a thin layer of cooking spray.
Bake for 15 minutes until warm and crispy.
How to cook store bought sopes by frying
In a large pan, cover the bottom with oil over medium heat. Gently place the sopes into the oil, cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Don’t crowd the pan too much, this lowers the temperature of the oil and your sopes will not cook properly.
Place finished sopes on a plate lined with paper towels and cover with a tea towel or paper towel. You can serve immediately or keep at room temperature until you are ready to serve.
Store in an air-tight container if you are using the next day. Refrigerate for up to a week. Reheat on low temperature for the next use.
How to cook store bought sopes – total time
If you use the oven, bake sopes for 15 minutes until it’s warm and crispy.
If you use the pan to cook sopes, you need to cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until it turns into golden brown.
Can you freeze sopes
You can store sopes in the fridge for a week if they’re properly stored in an airtight container. You can freeze them for up to a month. To reheat, place thawed sopes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until crisp.
How to eat sopes
Use hand to pick up and insert in mouth, do not attempt to use a fork, it will not taste the same. It’s more delicious to eat with hand. But in this pandemic time, use fork or chopsticks instead to protect our heath.
How to prepare sopes
- 2 cups of masa harina
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups of warm water
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
- 1 cup salsa, divided
- 1 cup refried beans
- 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
- 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco or cojita cheese
Step to make it:
Step 1: Combine masa harina and salt. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the warm water. Knead until mixture forms a smooth ball without lumps. If it’s bit dry, add some more water.
Step 2: Divide the dough into 12 parts. Shape into small balls and cover with plastic wrap, keep the dough moist and pliable. Get a small bowl of water. If the dough sticks to your hands as you are rolling and shaping the balls, dip your fingertips into the water to lightly moisten the dough.
Step 3: Continuing to shape into small balls while keeping the other balls covered.
Step 4: If you have a tortilla press, gently press down to make a flat thick disk, which is thick as a pancake. If you do not have a tortilla press, use a glass bottle to press down the dough. Repeat with all balls of dough.
Step 5: On a large pan, cook the dough circles over medium-low heat for 2 minutes on each side until the dough is just set and can be turned without sticking.
Step 6: Remove the circles from the heat and quickly pinch the edge of each circle. Rim all the way around. Set aside until all the circles have been gently cooked and pinched. Use a thin kitchen towel or paper towel to protect your fingers as you are making a rim around each sope.
Step 7: Add a small amount of oil to the pan and return the shaped sopes to the pan. Cook until they’re lightly browned, about three minutes. Place the sopes on a paper towel lined plate as you finish the whole batch.
Step 8: In a small pan, mix the shredded cooked chicken breast and 1/2 cup of the salsa. Cook over medium-low heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Step 9: Layer each sope with some warmed refried beans, and the warmed chicken mixture. Sprinkle each sope with shredded lettuce and queso fresco. Top with the remaining salsa.
Step 10: Serve and enjoy! If eaten the same day, they may be kept wrapped in a clean kitchen towel. Cooked sopes can also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and then reheated. Sopes can also be frozen, then thawed and reheated later.
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