The remit, also called cemita cabana, is a Mexican kind of tortilla originated in Puebla, Mexico. Also referred to as cemita data, it derives from the town of Puebla. The word emit means the thin bread roll itself and to this day, a typical bread roll is made with an egg-free wheat flour. It can be served cold or warm and is often served with a beverage of choice.
While not originating in Mexico, the Cemita has enjoyed tremendous popularity in the United States. It has taken the shape of many popular traditional food items that are eaten by us here in America. For instance, the familiar Reuben sandwich is most likely created from the remit. But the Cemita has crossed borders and gone to other countries in order to become part of the culinary offerings in those countries. A good example is the famous black bean dip, which is often served with the traditional Cemita.
It must be noted that the Cemita puebla of Mexico is different from the American version and can be prepared in two very different ways. One way, of course, is by preparing the torta as a sandwich and spreading the bean spread over the top and then eating it. Another way is to make the sandwich itself and spread the remit filling between the bread slices. This can either be done with the traditional rolled Cemita or with flat cut tortillas.
There are two different kinds of fillings used in these tortas. Most traditionally used is the classic cheese which is melted and combined with corn flour, milk, eggs, chili powder, onion powder, and salt. In more northern regions of Mexico this cheese blend is called picante, which means “peach of the month.” Some fillings can be substituted such as sour cream, chilies, olives, and avocado.
In order to prepare the flat cut Cemita, we must first spread a very thin layer of the cheese over the tortilla. Then we carefully invert the filled sandwich and spread the Cemita filling on the already prepared roll. Now we carefully roll the filled roll into a U-shape and then press it down into the prepared base. We then carefully invert the tortilla so that the U-shape can be visible.
When making the refried beans sandwich using a flat cut Cemita, we must be very careful in regards to using the right quantity of refried beans. If you overfill the roll or overcook the beans, the result will be undercooked. To avoid this, keep an eye on the level of the refried beans. You do not want it to cover all of the filling inside. Keep in mind that the filling is what makes the Cemita so unique.
Once you have finished your first round of Cemita sandwiches, be sure to have someone take them home. This is definitely a treat for yourself. Since Cemita are made with refried beans, you can be sure that they are healthy. The less fat content, the better since it is not healthy to eat too much cheese. Also, since bread is what makes breadsticks (tortas), it makes sense to use the same bread for the Cemita and for the total.
The secret to making these mouth watering sandwiches is using a grinder which is specifically designed to make very thin breads. We find that a Mexican Proven Mediterranean Grinder will work the best. Once the Cemita or the torta is prepared, you can add any of your favorite flavors such as salsa, chopped tomatoes and scallions. With chicken cutlets and thinly pounded Cheddar cheese, the Cemita or port is ready to enjoy. So go ahead and indulge in a little healthy comfort food today.