AT A GLANCE
"This tostada recipe is inspired by one of the most famous restaurants in Baja California," says Sam Ward, "a roadside cart called La Guerrerense, which is rumoured to have the best tostadas in the world."
|01||For corn vinaigrette, heat 2 tbsp oil in a small saucepan over low heat, add corn, shallot, garlic and jalapeño and stir occasionally until tender but not coloured (5 minutes). Add cumin, oregano and epazote, cook for 1 minute, then add sugar and cook until sugar starts to caramelise (3-4 minutes). Add vinegar and bring to the boil. Remove from heat, add remaining oil, season to taste and cool.|
|02||For tomato salsa, heat oil, tomato, garlic and bay leaf in a small saucepan over low heat and stir occasionally until tomato is very tender (20 minutes). Set aside to cool slightly, drain excess oil (discard bay leaf and tomato skins), then mash the tomato mixture with a fork and set aside.|
|03||For pickled jalapeños, place vinegar, sugar and 50ml water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to the simmer. Add jalapeños and set aside to cool in liquid (20 minutes).|
|04||Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 180C. Deep-fry tortillas in batches until crisp and golden (3 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Drain on absorbent paper and keep warm.|
|05||Toss cuttlefish in masa harina, dust off excess and deep-fry in batches until just cooked and golden (1 minute). Drain on absorbent paper, place in a bowl and add coriander, radish, drained pickled jalapeños, half the corn vinaigrette and lime juice to taste and toss to combine. If salad is too dry, add more vinaigrette.|
|06||To serve, divide tostadas among plates, top with a dollop of tomato salsa, scatter with cuttlefish salad and drizzle with remaining corn vinaigrette.|
Note Epazote is available from Fireworks Foods and Monterey Mexican Foods. White malt vinegar is available from select delicatessens; if it isn't available, substitute half apple cider and half malt vinegar. White masa harina (also known as masa flour or harina de maíz) is a white nixtamalised corn flour; it's available from Monterey Mexican Foods and Fireworks Foods.
2012 MAC FORBES RS14 RIESLING, STRATHBOGIE RANGES, VIC. , suggested by PAUL ARON