Wordless Wednesday: quesadilla de huitlacoche

Over the weekend José and I had dinner at Fogón, an upscale Mexican restaurant that opened this spring in a neighborhood near where we live. I’ll write more about it another time, but I had to share a photo of this earthy-tasting, perfectly over-stuffed quesadilla I ate as an appetizer—it had cheese and huitlacoche (also known as corn smut or corn truffle), epazote, salsa rustica with black beans and was topped with a small dollop of creme fraiche and light greens. It’s the culinary equivalent of black gold! (More on the topic of huitlacoche soon, I promise!)

  • How do you like to eat huitlacoche? Have you ever had it before?


  1. says

    Yes, yes — more on huitlacoche. It’s been waaaaay too long since I’ve had some… And I love such a quesadilla. Ok, now I gotta hunt for something similar in my neck of the woods. Thanks for reminding me of this scrumptious taste.

    • says

      Aurelia, this is a strange suggestion, but check your local Mexican grocers—they won’t carry it fresh most likely but some Latin markets carry a canned version. I’ve never eaten it but they always sell out of it at one of the markets I go to. Might have to get one myself just to try it, though generally I’m not really into eating canned goods because something is out of season.

  2. says

    ive never heard of or had huitlacoche, but it sure looks divine and hearty!! was that taken with hipstamatic?? I love it, if so!

  3. says

    This looks SO good. I love huitlacoche in quesadillas and tacos. Yum! Wish it wasn’t called “corn smut” in English, though. That just sounds… dirty! 😉

  4. Ceci says

    I was taken aback by huitlacoche, on my first encounter – perhaps I shouldn’t have seen it ‘fresh’ – but not wanting to insult my hostess, I ate one huarache. I look forward to trying again, with less forethought and more enthusiasm for what it is.

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