*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                     Nopales Guisados (Sauteed Cactus)
 Recipe By     : Martha Mendoza
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Vegetable
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      pound         cactus leaves, dethorned -- cut in 1/4 strips
    1      small         onion -- cut into thin strips
      1/4  cup           cilantro -- chopped
    1                    dried red New Mexico chile or similar -- seeded
 and soaked in
                          -- hot water until soft
                         salt -- to taste
                         vegetable oil for frying
 Cook nopales in boiling salted water until their color changes to dark
 green and they are soft.  When they are done, rinse well to remove the
 sliminess (similar to okra).  In a skillet, fry the onions with a
 little oil until they are transparent.  Add the nopales and salt to
 taste and saute to blend the flavors.  While they are sauteeing, put
 the chile and a little of the soaking water in the blender and puree. 
 Add this puree to the nopales and stir to blend. Stir in cilantro just
 before serving. Serve on a platter with Tortas de Camaron on top.
 Formatted by Kim Mendoza  yqym81a@prodigy.com
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 Serving Ideas : As a base for Tortas de Camaron