masa

noun
ma·​sa | \ ˈmä-sə How to pronounce masa (audio) \

Definition of masa

: a dough used in Mexican cuisine (as for tortillas and tamales) that is made from ground corn soaked in a lime and water solution also : masa harina

Examples of masa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kit also includes an heirloom tomato salad, a Klug Farm grape pie kit and snacks like pimento cheese, avocado dip and masa chips. Erin Hegarty, chicagotribune.com, "‘Top Chef’ winner Stephanie Izard bringing meal kits and grilling to Naperville’s Solemn Oath brewery," 1 Sep. 2020 Homemade masa is the best way to elevate recipes for tacos, tamales, empanadas, and scores of authentic Mexican dishes. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "9 Masa Recipes to Get Más Out of Corn Dough," 22 Oct. 2018 Especially a sad trio of sloppy arepas, gordita-style South American masa cakes sloshed with greasy beef, soupy chicken and cheese that couldn’t be bothered to melt. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Zero-star restaurant review: Savor Bistro loses its way in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 17 Oct. 2019 Swirls of chlorophyll gel and crema circled each bite, and masa chips came mounted on a stand next to the plate, each one embedded with a single epazote leaf. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: High-end San Antonio restaurant Evo Contemporary Mexican Cuisine has noble approach, humble results in Olmos Park," 23 Jan. 2020 Attagirl’s San Antonio Hot Chicken Sandwich is that steam machine, dredged in masa, fried and dressed out with Mexican hot oil and pickled red jalapeño. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Cullum’s Attagirl a chicken dive with the heart of a craft-driven cafe on San Antonio’s St. Mary’s strip," 27 Feb. 2020 Luckily for home cooks, new tortilla brands are making it so there’s never been a better time to buy The Good Stuff: tortillas made from heirloom wheat and corn (with kernels nixtamalized in-house for the freshest, most flavorful masa). Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Stockpile These Tortillas for a Lifetime of Great Tacos," 13 Feb. 2020 For a hearty breakfast, try Benito’s poached eggs with masa gorditas, pulled pork, tomatillo, and avocado sauce. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "Downtown San José del Cabo Is Luring Visitors Out of the Resorts," 27 Feb. 2020 The Tortilla Fifty percent Oaxacan yellow corn, 50 percent Georgian yellow corn—that’s the masa blend Vega works with for her lithe tortillas. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "Atlanta’s Most Exciting Taco Doesn’t Come From a Taqueria," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of masa

circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for masa

Spanish, mash, dough

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6 Sep 2020

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“Masa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masa. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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