At the suggestion of a reader, I looked up Papusas, a Salvadoran treat made from masa. These are little masa dough pockets filled with, well, whatever you want as filling. Some of the suggestions include meats, chicharrones, refried beans, cheese, cheese and Loroco (a tropical vine flower).
I chose refried beans. Because that's what I had leftover! And, remember the tamale dough I had leftover? I used that for these, too. So, while it's not a casserole, per se, this is my leftovers recipe for the week.
But, here's the recipe if you don't have leftover dough.
2 C Masa harina
1 C Warm water
1 C Filling (varies)
3/4 C Refried black beans
Mix together the masa harina and water and knead well. If needed, knead in more water, 1 Tbsp. at a time to make a moist, firm dough. Cover and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Roll the dough into a cylinder and cut into eighths. Roll each of those pieces into a ball. Press your thumb into each ball to make a trough to place about 1 Tbsp. of filling into the ball.
I joined up with a great project this week, Project: Food Budget. This goes along nicely with the Pantry Challenge at Goodcheapeats.com. I will be continuing my series on leftovers casserole, or whatever Frankenstein Leftovers Creation I make out of my pantry and my fridge leftovers every Thursday.
Here are the other blogs participating in Project: Food Budget.
- Reluctant Vegetarian: http://reluctantveggie.com
- Maria Marz: http://mariamarz.com/category/foodie/
- Low Budge Veg: http://lowbudgeveg.blogspot.com/
- Ashley's Dairy Free Cooking Blog: http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/b/
- Beauty, Fitness, and Health...Oh My!: http://beautyfithealth.blogspot.com/
- Motor City Girl In the Steel City: http://thesteellife.wordpress.com/
- Veggie Burgher: http://veggieburgher.blogspot.com/
- Baked Beans and Broccoli...Vegetarian Budgeting: http://vegetarianbudgeting.blogspot.com/
- Sweet Rehab: http://sweetrehab.blogspot.com/