I let the cayenne lead the way on this one, remembering that in Latin America, a hot drink didn’t always mean it was warm.
Since I was already ‘South of the border’ I brushed away the comfort food I am used to – like chopped liver, or livers, onion and mash – and opted for something that would ‘fit’ with my drink. I had experienced taquitos at a small but authentic place in Cape Town, and loved every bite. I felt they were the perfect way to tie together my two spicy dishes. You can use the tortilla recipe below or buy readymade flour tortillas and just cut them to size.
Taquitos with white chocolate horchata
<*For the white chocolate horchata1 cup white rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 ml Robertsons cayenne pepper
- 2 ml Robertsons cinnamon
- 125 ml cream
- 80 g white chocolate
*For the tortillas*
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp oil
- 135 ml hot water
*For the chicken liver filling*
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1 ml Robertsons cinnamon
- 2 ml Robertsons cayenne pepper
- 250 g chicken livers
- 1 Knorr beef stockpot
- 1/2 cup water
- 20 ml cocoa
- Pinch of sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
*For the taquitos*
- Approx 1 cup oil
*For the coriander sour cream sauce*
- 125 ml cream
- 5 ml white spirit vinegar
- 2 handfuls fresh coriander
- *For the white chocolate horchata*
- Put the rice, water and spices in a blender and soak for at least 40 minutes
- On a very low heat, melt the white chocolate in the cream. Add to the blender and pulse until the rice falls apart. Strain through a very fine sieve or cheese cloth. Chill..
- *For the tortillas*
- Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Mix in the oil. Add the water in a little at a time, until all ingredients come together to form a dough. Cover with a tea towel and set aside.
- When filling is simmering, make ping-pong-sized dough balls. Roll out to about 2mm thick.
- *For the chicken liver filling*
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Fry the onions in some vegetable oil. Add spices and cook off (if you are not using a non-stick pan, at this point add a bit more oil). Add chicken livers. When browned, add the Knorr stockpot. Add water, cocoa and sugar. Let simmer. When the sauce has thickened, take off the heat
- *For the taquitos*
- If you are using homemade tortillas:
- Put half the oil in a glass baking dish.
- Place a tortilla on a sushi mat or piece of wax paper. Place 2 tsp of filling on the side closest to you. Use the sushi mat to roll the tortilla. Place in the baking dish. Repeat.
- Liberally brush taquitos with rest of oil.
- *If preparing shop-bought tortillas*
- Heat the oil in a pan till warm. Place tortilla in the oil till pliable. Use tongs to place tortilla on the sushi mat. Fill and roll, as in the method above. Place in glass baking dish.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
- *For the coriander sour cream sauce*
- Put all ingredients in a food processor. Blitz till well combined. (The mixture may split, but will come together when warmed slightly.)