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Pambazo

Serves

Makes 6 sandwiches

Cooks In

less than 60 minutes

Difficulty

A little effort

A great way to use up any stale rolls, Pambazo is a Mexican sandwich in which the bread is dipped in guajillo salsa, fried, then stuffed with potato, chorizo, creme fraiche, salsa, cheese and lettuce. It's a mighty meal in itself and a messy thing to eat so have plenty of kitchen towel at the ready!

Method

  1. To make the guajillo salsa, remove the seeds and stems if you're using whole chillies, then place into a bowl with 1 cup of hot water and leave to soak for about 15 minutes. Put the chillies and their water into a blender along with the other salsa ingredients and blend until smooth. Sieve the salsa into a bowl large enough for you to be able to dip your rolls into it later on.
  2. To make the potato and chorizo mixture, heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the Mexican chorizo (or pork sausage with chipotles in adobo) until the fat starts to run. Add the diced onion and fry until softened and starting to colour. Add the pre-cooked potatoes and continue to fry until all the ingredients are well combined. Taste before adjusting the seasoning as this will depend on the type of sausage used.
  3. Preheat the oven to 50°C. Separately, gently reheat the black bean refry and the potato and chorizo mixture until hot, then keep warm in the oven. 
  4. To fry the rolls, add 2 tablespoons of oil to a frying pan over a medium heat. Dip the whole roll in the guajillo sauce, shaking gently to remove any excess. Fry, pressing down with a spatula and flipping over until both sides are soft and pliable. Remove from the pan and slice in half, leaving a small hinge. Fry a second time, in a clean pan, freshly cut sides down (to toast them a little). Keep warm in the oven until you've fried all the rolls.
  5. To assemble, spread around a tablespoon of refry on the bottom side of the roll. Spoon some of the potato and chorizo mixture on next, then drizzle a tablespoon of tomatillo and avocado salsa over this. Finish with grated cheese, shredded lettuce and a teaspoon or two of creme fraiche, which helps the top piece of fried bread stay put.
  6. Get stuck in!