Our downstairs neighbors are super old. Because of this their television is always super loud. It reminds me of what it would probably be like to live with a teenager. It’s funny how life is cyclic.
If we’re lucky then we are all watching the same thing and it’s just in stereo. Recently there was some breaking news happening in Pennsylvania, and I was able to follow along all day without turning on the television. I just followed along through my floor.
I’m big into traditional, authentic ways to prepare food because I think part of preparing and consuming home-cooked meals plays as much a role in one’s culture as his or her culture plays in the food. And, I hate to say this, but often times the “Americanized” version of a traditional meal is not the best. There are usually shortcuts that cut down on the quality of the overall dish.
But as the world gets smaller, more and more cultures are swirling together and sometimes there’s magic.
Cue this tortilla lasagna. It’s made with tortillas instead of noodles and ground meat with latin spices instead of meat sauce and oregano. There’s still cheese, but it’s cheddar instead of ricotta or mozzarella. But the Italian method is still there — it’s layered and baked.
I made this as the entre for Wine Night, and what’s nice is that I could put it all together ahead of time, and then put it in the oven right after everyone arrived. This allowed for some good snacking time on chips and guac while we poured the wine and gossiped.
I started by making the meat layer. Chopped onions, ground turkey, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder.