Today, Nov. 19, is International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Being a small woman owned business ourselves, we thought it was the perfect occasion to create a pairing with another kick-ass, female led business: Tres Pupusas.
You have never heard of pupusas? Neither did we before discovering Tres Pupusas and our bellies are seriously happier than before. A pupusa is a stuffed corn tortilla, traditionally from El Salvador. Cindy – the powerhouse behind this Boulder- based business – makes a variety of flavors, all using non-GMO corn masa. Some are stuffed with gooey cheese and green chiles, other come filled with rice and beans. Tres Pupusas sells its products (4 per package) frozen to ensure best quality – in order to heat it all you need is a hot pan lined with oil and your frozen pupusa. Throw them in the pan over high heat, flip after 2 min. Then bring temperature down and warm the pupusa 2 min on each side to make sure the center is warm and the outside of the pupusa is crispy and golden brown.
Traditionally, pupusas are served with curtido (cabbage slaw with vinegar, find recipe below) and salsa roja. We love to pair the pupusas with our Heirloom Hot Sauces, the acidity pairs beautifully with the crispy pupusas and the flavors of the Hot Sauces complement the pupusas extremely well.
A pupusa with a runny egg on top and a nice little side salad or sautéed greens has become my new favorite brunch item! Even the most gourmet of my friends love it, too.
· Pupusa Cheese & Green Chile – pair with American Persimmon Hot Sauce
· Pupusa Corn & Black Beans – pair with Chiltepin Hot Sauce
· Pupusa Cheese & Spinach – pair with Beaver Dam Pepper Hot Sauce
Curious? Today you’ve got the chance to WIN one of TEN FREE PAIRING SAMPLERS composed of a package of Cheese & Spinach Pupusa** and a bottle of our Heirloom Hot Sauce Beaver Dam Pepper. Hop over to our facebook page and tell us via a comment in Wednesday’s post, whom would you invite to brunch to share your pupusas with? In order to qualify for the give away, you need to tag the person. We will pick five winners each via a random number generator on both the Scrumptious Pantry and Tres Pupusa Facebook pages. The give away will close on Sunday, 11/23/2014 at 8pm MT.
** Due to their frozen nature, the pupusas will not be shipped. Winners will receive a coupon to redeem in any store of their choice that carries the product.
You can find Cindy’s pupusas in many quality grocery stores around the country. And if you are curious to learn more about Tres Pupusas and what inspired Cindy to start her business, please read on here.
RECIPE FOR CURTIDO (by Cindy English)
· 1 medium green cabbage very thinly sliced (or fresh bag of coleslaw mix located on product section)
· 2 carrots, grated
· 1 onion, thinly sliced
· 2 fresh green jalapeño peppers sliced
· 2 teaspoons kosher salt
· 2 teaspoons dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
· 1/2 cup water
· 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
· Toss all ingredients together in a medium-size bowl and let sit for 15 minutes