Baleadas

Serves 6

  • 500 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 tbsp baking powder

  • 125 ml groundnut oil, plus extra for frying

  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 2 x 400g tins of kidney beans, drained

  • 2 tbsp sour cream

  • a splash of white wine vinegar

  • 1–2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped, to serve

  • 1 bunch of coriander, finely chopped to serve

  • lime wedges, to serve

  • Topping options

  • 220 g chorizo, sliced and fried

  • 150 g Cheddar cheese, coarsely grated

  • 150 g Feta cheese, broken into chunks

  • 2–4 avocados, sliced and dressed with lime juice

  • 4–6 large free-range eggs, fried

  • chilli sauce

Baleadas are one of Honduras's most popular dishes and make brilliant party food. Just top the tortillas with your favourites – refried beans, fried eggs, chorizo, cheese, avocado… whatever you like!



Sift the flour, baking powder and 2 teaspoons of salt together in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the groundnut oil and about 200ml of warm water, or as much as you need to form a dough, mixing with a knife until it comes together. Tip the dough onto a floured work surface and knead for 4–5 minutes, until smooth and elastic, then return it to the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for 1 hour.



Place a large non-stick frying pan over a low–medium heat and pour in a glug of the oil. Add the garlic, onions and cumin and sauté for about 10 minutes, until soft and sticky. Turn up the heat to medium, stir in the kidney beans, sour cream and vinegar, season well and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the beans have softened. Mash your refried beans for a coarse texture, or blitz them in a blender if you prefer them smooth. Return the beans to the pan and leave to one side for reheating later.



When your dough has risen, divide it into 12 even pieces and roll them into balls. Flatten out each one with your hand, then, on a floured surface, roll them out into a tortilla 2mm thick and about 18cm in diameter. Place a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and, once hot, dry-fry each tortilla for 1 minute on each side, until just coloured – you want them to stay soft enough to roll. Cover with warm tortillas with kitchen foil while you fry the rest.



When you're ready to serve, lay out your chosen toppings. Place the pan of bean mixture over a low–medium heat for 1–2 minutes, until warmed through, then spread a couple of spoonfuls over each tortilla. Scatter over the chilli and coriander, add your toppings and serve with lime wedges on the side, for squeezing over.

Nutritional Information

Baleadas

Tortillas topped with your favourites

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This Central American street-food favourite is great for parties
Serves 6
1h (plus 1 hour proofing time)
Not too tricky
Method

Baleadas are one of Honduras's most popular dishes and make brilliant party food. Just top the tortillas with your favourites – refried beans, fried eggs, chorizo, cheese, avocado… whatever you like!

Sift the flour, baking powder and 2 teaspoons of salt together in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the groundnut oil and about 200ml of warm water, or as much as you need to form a dough, mixing with a knife until it comes together. Tip the dough onto a floured work surface and knead for 4–5 minutes, until smooth and elastic, then return it to the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for 1 hour.

Place a large non-stick frying pan over a low–medium heat and pour in a glug of the oil. Add the garlic, onions and cumin and sauté for about 10 minutes, until soft and sticky. Turn up the heat to medium, stir in the kidney beans, sour cream and vinegar, season well and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the beans have softened. Mash your refried beans for a coarse texture, or blitz them in a blender if you prefer them smooth. Return the beans to the pan and leave to one side for reheating later.

When your dough has risen, divide it into 12 even pieces and roll them into balls. Flatten out each one with your hand, then, on a floured surface, roll them out into a tortilla 2mm thick and about 18cm in diameter. Place a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and, once hot, dry-fry each tortilla for 1 minute on each side, until just coloured – you want them to stay soft enough to roll. Cover with warm tortillas with kitchen foil while you fry the rest.

When you're ready to serve, lay out your chosen toppings. Place the pan of bean mixture over a low–medium heat for 1–2 minutes, until warmed through, then spread a couple of spoonfuls over each tortilla. Scatter over the chilli and coriander, add your toppings and serve with lime wedges on the side, for squeezing over.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 970
    49%
  • Carbs 91.1g
    35%
  • Sugar 8.2g 9%
  • Fat 53.3g 76%
  • Saturates 15.9g 80%
  • Protein 37g 82%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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