To go with those margaritas? Sopes with guacamole and jicama and orange salad.Sopes are little boats of corn masa flour made into a dough and then fried. Think of them as a vehicle for your favorite topping. Perfect appetizers for a cocktail party. My Mexican friends make them with lard but of course that's a vegan no no. Vegetable shortening is a perfectly acceptable substitute. You must however use a good Latin brand of masa flour. Easily found in most supermarkets nowadays or your favorite tienda. Bob's Red Mill brand is ground too finely and will not work well.
2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/4 cups masa harina
1 1/2 cups hot water
Vegetable oil for frying
Combine all ingredients except vegetable oil in a mixing bowl. Knead and then cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into 24 balls. Flatten each one into a circle or oval about 3/4" thick.
Then cook about 2 minutes on each side on a lightly greased griddle. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle. Then pinch around the edges to form a little cup or boat shape.
When ready to serve, heat one inch of oil in a heavy cast iron skillet and fry the sopes until golden. Drain on paper towels and fill with your choice of savory filling.
As easy as that! Enjoy your Memorial Day.