Family road trips have always been our thing. (Or maybe, rather, my mom’s thing. But we all go along with it.) For as long as I can remember, we’ve taken one every summer. When we moved to Texas 16 years ago, we took a massive road trip through the southwest. We went to the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Carlsbad Caverns and the Petrified Forest. On the way home we spent the night in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the city completely captured our hearts. Ever since then, some contingent of our family has gone every summer.
For the past several years, it’s been just my parents and one of the kids – the rest of us haven’t been able to go (summer school, work, etc.). But this year, the stars aligned and we set out as a family on the 12-hour drive from Austin. I’m not going to lie – the drive is LONG and BORING. West Texas doesn’t offer much eye candy, and the scenery across the New Mexico border isn’t all that different. But when you get closer to Santa Fe, things start to look more promising. There are mountains in the distance and little adobe houses dotting the landscape.
And, you can always feel the mood in the car shift when people realize that we’re within an hour of New Mexican cooking. On our first night, we drove straight to Harry’s Roadhouse, and 3 of the 5 of us ordered the Tostada. As I’m sure many of you do, my mom had carefully researched where to eat and what to order, and Harry’s Tostada did not disappoint. Completely worth it. The veggies were fresh, the tortilla crisp, the flavors savory. It was my favorite meal of the trip.
When we got home, I couldn’t kick the craving. I wanted more. Apparently, so did my mom. When tomatoes showed up in our farm basket, tostadas were first on the menu. And since then, we’ve had these almost every week. There’s a perfect mix of veggies, and the end result is a meal that tastes light and fresh from beginning to end. They’re a little piece of Santa Fe summer…just what we need in this ridiculous heat!
2 cups fresh corn kernels from 3 ears sweet corn
1/2 cup diced red onion
2 cloves minced garlic
2 medium diced zucchini or summer squash
1 cup organic black beans, rinsed and drained
pinch dried oregano
flour tortillas, preferably homemade or bakery fresh
1 pound peeled and chopped garden tomatoes
1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Freshly ground pepper
Grated soft white cheese (optional)
1 ripe sliced avocado
Slice corn off cob and saute in hot oil over medium high heat until cooked, 2-3 minutes. Season corn and remove.
Adding additional oil, saute the red onion until soft and beginning to brown, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and stir until the fragrance is released, about 30 seconds.
Add zucchini and saute until just beginning to soften, 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Return corn to the pan, and add the beans and oregano. Stir and heat gently. Check for seasoning. Remove from heat.
Combine tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
Lightly brush both sides of a tortilla with olive oil and slide it into a hot nonstick pan over medium heat. Gently press it with a spatula, and flip it over when the first side begins to turn golden and crispy. When the second side is done, remove to a rack and repeat with remaining tortillas.
To assemble tostada place several spoonfuls of the veggie and bean mixture on a tortilla. Top with a light sprinkle of white cheese if desired, add a generous spoonful of the tomato salsa and top with a few slices of avocado!
Adapted from a recipe by FarmHouseTable; Inspired by Harry’s Roadhouse, Santa Fe