Tortas fritas translates to "fried cakes". They are popular in Argentina and Uruguay, where it is traditional to enjoy them on a rainy afternoon with yerba mate tea. Tortas fritas are quick to make and a great treat for weekend mornings as well. In Argentina and Uruguay, tortas fritas are often served with dulce de leche or jam. They are normally fried in lard, but you can substitute olive or vegetable oil. There are many variations. Some are yeast risen bread and resemble Native American fry bread and some tortas fritas are like sweet fried biscuits or donuts.
Our recipe at Starfield is unique. We pan fry our flatbread in Colinas de Garzon Olive Oil for a healthier version. This versatile dough can be used for both savory and sweet dishes. For a sweet treat, fill with jam or dulce de leche and dust with powdered sugar.
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