Morelianas are a type of tostada which were first made for me by a friend from Morelia, Michoacan.  Hence the name I suppose – I guess they are a regional dish.  Here is what is involved in making them, starting at the bottom:

Layer One: Crisp tostada.  Pericos or Guererros are good if you don’t want to make them yourself.

Layer Two:  A thin -very thin- coating of refried beans.  You can make these yourself (Boil them, smash them and simmer until a smooth paste), or buy a can of Rosaritas.  Think of buttering a piece of toast.  That thin.

Layer Three:  Cook some potatoes and carrots together and smash them up with a tiny bit of olive oil.  This does not mean puree – just fork smash.  Spread a thin layer of these next, on top of the beans.

Layer Four:  (Optional – good, but not needed) Shredded chicken.  Just cook it in a little seasoned water until it is tender enough to shred.

Layer Five:  Thinly slice tomatoes (and onions if you like) and marinate them for a while in lime juice.  Put a couple pieces of tomato on next.

Layer Six:  Chilled chile verde sauce.  I make this of lots of serrano and jalapeño chiles, tomatillos, garlic, onion and cilantro.  Roast all the vegetables first, boil them until soft, blend and add cilantro and sea salt at the end.  Chill this.  You can add cut up avocado if you wish.

Layer Seven:  Thinned sour cream, lightly.  The cream cuts the burn of the chile verde.

Layer Eight: Shredded lettuce.  Iceberg works best, or very thinly sliced white cabbage. If you didn’t put avocado in the chile verde (See layer seven) it is good must under the lettuce – thinly sliced.  Guacamole is not necessary – too many flavors make it a wasted effort!

Top: Crumbled queso fresco.

I know, it sounds like a lot of work, but the beauty of it is that you can make it all ahead of time and then just get it out to make the tostadas right before you are ready to eat.  It’s a hot weather dish, because it’s all cold when you eat it, and you make it in the morning when it is still cool.  The blend of textures and flavors is heavenly.  Enjoy your day!


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