Sunday, 11 September 2011

Sandwich heaven - torta


Continuing my love-affair with Mexican Food Made Simple... I cannot believe I hadn't had a torta before! A split ciabatta bun, toasted in the chorizo juices, laden with refried beans (and as an aside, I can't believe how good homemade refried beans are!) avocado, lettuce, coarsely-chopped fresh tomato salsa. A curl of freshly-grilled chorizo. A little chipotle mayo. Heaven.


It's a very clever combination of ingredients. The earthy beans, creamy avocado and sparkling acid salsa are equal players with the crisp refreshing lettuce, fatty, spicy sausage and subtle fire of the chipotle mayo. All conveniently encased in a sandwich thick enough to keep your fingers moderately clean.


I am particularly proud of this one because I entered it in a competition on Thomasina Miers' facebook page and it won. My prize funded an extremely pleasant dinner at the Covent Garden Wahaca, which was a celebration of the fact that Paul now has a job in London, so not only does he get to come home every night, but we can also do extremely decadent things like meet up after work for a meal!

I am also hoping I can sneak this under the wire to Deb's Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday (soups, salads and sammies) round-up!
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20 comments:

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Very tasty description, love it. Congratulations on winning the competition! A prize-funded dinner is always sweet. :D

C said...

Congrats on the prize - the combo sounds fantastic, so many different flavours!

Great news that Paul is in London now too, hopefully be much better for both of you.

Foodycat said...

Leafy - thanks! You would know, with your pasta-prowess!

C - it really is good news. Being in the same place is much nicer.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Congrats on your win! Love that. This sandwich looks drool-worthy to me. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays. You were not sneaking it in at all--plenty of time before the deadline. ;-)

tasteofbeirut said...

Looks delicious! Congrats on your prize, what fun to be able to enjoy it eating with someone else doing the cooking and cleaning!

girls who like to gorge said...

Ahh, cumberland rings are my favourite! This looks rad! xx

Angie's Recipes said...

They look HEAVENLY!!! Gosh..they are making me HUNGRY. I think I have to cook lunch earlier today.

Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

Congrats on the win and what a prize too! :)

Su-Lin said...

Congrats on the prize!

Love the curled up chorizo in there! Did you loop it up before grilling it to get it like that?

Simona said...

Congratulations! Very nice job and an interesting combination of ingredients.

grace said...

this is most definitely a sandwich for which i'd gladly unhinge my jaw to eat. golly, i love chorizo.

purabi naha said...

Congrats on the win! The sandwich looks so creative and tempting!! That's why I only visit your bog when my stomach is totally full, your creations make me so hungry!

Foodycat said...

Deb - thanks!

Joumana - someone else washing up is always better.

Girls - I do love cumberland sausage, but these were nifty little chorizo whirls.

Angie - I was just thinking I could do with one for breakfast!

Adrian - thanks!

Su-Lin - Waitrose sells it like that, with bamboo skewers through them.

Simona - thanks!

Grace - it was a bit of a challenge to eat.

Purabi - thanks!

hungryandfrozen said...

Oh my GOODness. How have I never found this either?

Congrats on winning, can't see how anything could top this :)

Dharm said...

That's the kind of sandwich that I would love to have anytime, anywhere! Looks super Delicious!

Foodycat said...

Laura - isn't it amazing?

Dharm - thanks!

girlichef said...

We eat Tortas a LOT in this house (though pretty much solely on either a bolillo or a telera roll). Yours looks mouthwatering!

Choclette said...

That sounds fantastic. I so love refried beans with avacado, tomato salsa, cheese and a bit of creme fraiche. If I was still eating meat I'd be so loving your torta. Congratulations on winning the competition and good news about Paul.

Heather said...

Holy CRAP that looks amazing. What a wonderful way to explore Mexican cookery (I hear there isn't a lot of good Mexican food in London). And congrats on the win! You deserve it. xoxo

Foodycat said...

Heather - with Mexi kicking about the place, how could you not? We don't have a source of authentic breads, unfortunately.

Choclette - thank you!

Heather - there are a few good ones now, mostly thanks to Tommi Mier! She has 5 restaurants in London, I think.

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