If you are Spanish-literate at all, you may or may not be aware of the fact that there are two meanings for the word torta. In Mexico, it is a sandwich. In Argentina, it is a cake.
In Brazilian Portuguese, it is nothing close to either of these; it is a breaded pie. By breaded pie I mean something along the lines of what you know as a "pot pie" in the states, only the breading is something rather simple thrown together in a blender. It is categorized in a group of food items known as "salgados". This translates into "salties" more or less in english. Salgados are more known as being small baked or fried foods that are served in between meals as a snack, and Brazil thrives off of them. They are a solid part of Brazilian culture. Salgados are often found served by street vendors, at farmer's markets, and in any bakery or deli. Most of the time you can find people eating salgados for breakfast or in between breakfast and lunch. They're also eaten from street vendors at night as a nice little night time snack. Tortas are usually served at delis and bakeries. They're really filling, so a lof of people will actually just have a slice for lunch. Generally people eat tortas with ketchup, mustard, mayo, or hot sauce. Or all of the above. There are several different kinds of tortas, but the most popular tortas are made with either beef (shredded or ground), chicken, sardines, or cheese. My favorites are both chicken and beef, but my boys love beef the most so I am constantly making beef. And this is what I will be showing you how to make.
What you will need:
- Frying Pan for beef.
- large deep dish pie pan or medium to large deep rectangular pan
- spoon, fork, knife, serving utensils
- large mixing bowl
- 1 lb. or 1/2 kilo of ground beef
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp. crushed garlic
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6-8 slices mozzarella cheese-- or whatever cheese covering you prefer (traditionally here either mozzarella or catupiry is used)
- -optional- diced onions, chopped green onions, olives, corn, diced tomatoes (really anything you like inside of cooked ground beef. I generally utilize whatever I have handy in the fridge at the moment.)
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 whipped egg white (for topping finished raw pie with)
- -optional- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and/or 1/4 cup mayonnaise
|Note the small face resting on the counter, watching my every move. He's in training!|