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Watercress Potato Taquitos

July 26, 2017

 

Watercress Potato Taquitos

The summer days can be everlasting when the kids are home.  Three meals and two snacks need to be prepared every day and that can just wear down your creativity.

I started thinking of some of my favorite meals as a kid and brainstormed on how to make them healthier for my son.  One of my all-time favorite meals then and now is potato taquitos. Mashed potatoes with cheese rolled in a tortilla and deep fried until golden brown.  Sounds amazing doesn’t it?  But it’s not so good for you. 

I decided to give potato taquitos a healthy twist by adding watercress to the stuffing, minimizing the cheese quantity and frying in grapeseed oil.  Taquitos are traditionally served with cream and lettuce on top, but this time, I decided to garnish with a bit of cotija cheese, fresh chopped tomatoes and more watercress.

I consider watercress the best green leafy vegetable in the world.  When I found out that watercress is an anti-carcinogenic, an aid in cardiovascular health, bone health and high in folate, I had to crown it king of all greens.

Watercress can be incorporated in other dishes such as soups, salads, smoothies and stir frys.  Its peppery taste improves the flavor of any meal and it is easy to prepare.  Not to mention inexpensive.

My son loved his new and improved potato watercress taquitos. Not only are they nostalgic for me but are delicious and better for my entire family.

For more recipes, please visit my blog www.nibblesandfeasts.com.  Thank you B&W Quality Growers for the opportunity to prepare meals with your product and to be a guest writer on your blog.

Watercress Potato Taquitos

Yield: Makes 16

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 medium russet potatoes (about 1 ½ cups)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ cup muenster cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup watercress, finely chopped plus extra sprigs for garnish
  • 16 corn tortillas, warmed
  • grapeseed oil (or any other oil for frying)
  • ¾ cup tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • fresh jalapeño slices for garnish
  • salsa for serving

Instructions

  1. Place water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil and the potatoes.  Boil for 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.  Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Remove potato peel and place in a large mixing bowl. Mash and add garlic salt, cheese and watercress.  Mixing until all ingredients have combined and resembles a mash potatoes consistency.
  3. Heat approximately ¼-inch in depth of grape seed oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Place 1 tablespoon of potato/watercress mixture on each warm tortilla and roll tightly. Repeat with remaining ingredients.  Working in batches of 4-5, place each rolled tortilla seam-down in hot oil.  Fry for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
  5. Place fried taquitos on a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil.
  6. Arrange on a serving platter or large plate. Top with chopped tomato, cotija cheese, jalapeño slices and watercress sprigs.  Serve with your favorite salsa and enjoy.
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