Food finds: Supermarket Chicago’s Fresh Masa

posted on August 21, 2010 at 8:05 am

Be it fresh or masa harina (prepared corn flour), no Mexican meal is complete without some form of masa. Supermarket Chicago (5263 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-452-1361) is one of the few places in Atlanta where you can buy freshly ground masa. Masa harina works well in a pinch, but the earthy flavor and texture of fresh masa is unparalleled. Chicago grinds the masa to order in a nifty contraption located behind the meat counter in the back, and sells it by the pound (99 cents/pound).

You can use fresh masa to make a variety of things: tortillas, sopes, huaraches, and tamales. The store is now selling its own tortillas made with the house-ground masa for only 79 cents/package. Look for them in a cooler, marked with a sign, in front of the steam tables.
Jennifer Zyman’s quesadilla recipe

In Mexico, quesadillas come in many forms. In Mexico City, the most popular version resembles an empanada and is not made with prepared tortillas. Instead, these quesadillas use fresh masa or masa harina. This style of quesadilla is a versatile antojitos Mexicano (street snacks often served as an appetizer) that you can fill with cheese and anything else your heart desires — crumbled chorizo, refried beans, huitlacoche (corn fungus), poblano chilies, fresh corn, and more. Start out simple with this basic recipe and don’t be afraid to experiment!

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