This tasty and cheesy Pastelón or Lasagna de Berenjenas (Beef and Eggplant Casserole) does not contain pasta but uses eggplant in its place.

– 2 cup all-purpose flour, plus ¼ extra cup for working the dough and sprinkling on the counter(you might not use all) – ¼ teaspoon baking powder – ¼ teaspoon baking soda – 1 teaspoon salt – ¼ cup water – 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, for the dough, can be the same type as below – 2 cup oil for frying – ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt, for sprinkling


Step 1:

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step 2:

Let dough rest for 10 min covered in plastic film.Mix flour with water and the oil for the dough and mix in. Work the dough on a lightly floured surface until everything is well mixed. You may need to add some flour if it is too sticky or a little bit of water if it is too dry. Don't knead the dough more than absolutely necessary to combine all the ingredients.

Step 3:

Divide the dough into 8 portions, and extend each with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface until it is very thin, nearly translucent. The thinner it is, the crispier it will be.  For better looking yaniqueques, you may cut them into perfect circles using an empanada cutter, or a cup adn knife, this is optional. Cut a couple of small slits into the dough circles two 1-inch [2.5 cm] using a paring knife. If the circles are a bit misshapen when you lift them, don't worry, that's how they look when you buy from street vendors.

Step 4:

Heat oil over medium-high heat (350 ºF [175 ºF]). Fry the circles of dough, turning them halfway until they turn golden brown on both sides, rest on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Step 5:

Sprinkle with sea salt to taste and serve.

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