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Dinner Tonight: Cheese Flautas with Cilantro Pesto

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

I usually don't look to Martha Stewart for my Mexican recipes. (That's what Rick Bayless is for.) But for some reason I couldn't get past this one.

I think what sold me were the pumpkin seeds. Usually flautas, sometimes called taquitos, are stuffed with ground beef and cheddar cheese. They can be good in a gut-bomb kind of way, but that's about it. On the other hand, these featured pumpkin seeds which are ground with the garlic and cilantro to create a kind of pesto. It's rolled in the tortillas with the cheese and then pan-fried.

My only worry was that all the filling would fall out during the frying process. Luckily it all largely stayed put. What did fall out turned into glorious little browned bits, which were actually the best part. Sure, these aren't exactly light, but they don't have any meat, and if you serve them with salsa, you can almost feel good about yourself.

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