|Hubby cutting Nopales at El Rancho|
Thanks to the rains this summer, we have an endless supply of nopales (cactus paddles), whether it be from the vendors who knock on my door each morning or the nopales that are just ripe for the picking at El Rancho.
As I've explained before, Nopales are an important part of the Mexican diet. Nopales are very versatile and are a delicious addition to any dish. Some of the more tradtional ways to enjoy Nopales is in Ensalada de Nopales or in Moles and Chilitos.
But to me, there is nothing better than Nopales Asados (Grilled Cactus), roasted outside on the grill or inside on top of a comal. I could eat them like potato chips! Without the guilt!!! Nopales are loaded with vitamins and minerals and they help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Top Nopales Asados with a little melted cheese and you are really in for a treat!
(Roasted/Grilled Nopales with Queso Fresco)
- Fresh Nopales (Cactus Paddles)
- Queso Fresco (Asadero, Adobera and/or Oaxaca cheese also works well)
Heat a comal or griddle over medium heat. Roast the nopales on the griddle for about 5 minutes.
Turn the nopales over and season with salt.
Top each nopal with a slice or two of Queso Fresco and continue for another 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Serve plain or with your favorite salsa or inside of a corn tortilla for a delicious Quesadilla de Nopal. Enjoy!!!