Grilled Corn Tostadas
6 x 6-in (15 cm) corn tortillas
1 cup (250 ml) canola oil, for frying
⅓ cup (75 ml) raw hulled pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp (30 ml) granulated sugar
1 large pinch fine sea salt, plus extra to taste
½ tsp (2.5 ml) smoked Mexican chili powder, plus extra for garnish
2 large corn cobs, husks removed
3 tbsp (45 ml) best-quality mayonnaise
2 tbsp (30 ml) minced red onion
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
2 tbsp (30 ml) finely chopped cilantro leaves
2 tbsp (30 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
pepper, to taste
⅓ cup (75 ml) crumbled feta cheese
lime wedges and salsa, to serve
- Using a cookie cutter, cut two 3-in (8 cm) rounds from each tortilla and set aside. Keep trimmings for frying and snacking on, if desired. Line a baking sheet with paper towel. In a deep heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat oil to 370 F (188 C). Working in batches, fry tostadas until crisp and golden brown, turning, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer fried tostadas to lined baking sheet to drain.
- In a medium frying pan over medium heat, toast pumpkin seeds until fragrant and just beginning to pop, about 3 minutes, shaking pan frequently. Sprinkle in sugar and cook until it melts and caramelizes, coating pumpkin seeds, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add pinch of salt and chili powder, toss well and immediately transfer seeds to a plate. Set aside to cool, then break into small chunks.
- Preheat grill to medium. Grill corn, turning occasionally, for about 7 minutes or until cooked through and lightly charred. Let cool. Using a sharp knife, cut kernels off cob and transfer to a medium bowl. You should have about 1½ cups (375 ml). Mix in mayonnaise, onion, garlic, cilantro and lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- To serve, divide corn mixture between tostadas. Top with pumpkin seeds, feta and a sprinkle of chili powder. Transfer to a serving tray and serve with lime wedges and a bowl of salsa on the side.