Sure, it's fun to make giant-sized versions of food, like twenty-pound hamburgers and torso-esque burritos. But how about a giant pupusa?
"When you cook it, you have to turn it," says Liborio Market's CEO Enrique J. Alejo. "Fry it on one side, then turn it and fry on the other side. But it's impossible to turn a 350-pound pupusa. So I invented the pupusorno."
Alejo's pupusorno is a custom-made grill weighing over 600 pounds that can cook his oversized version of the Salvadoran snack, a thick tortilla stuffed with cheese, beans, and pork paste.
"The Salvadoran American Chamber of Commerce approached us to build the biggest pupusa ever made," says Alejo. "A normal pupusa is about a quarter of an inch think by 6 inches in diameter. Somebody made one in El Salvador that measured 5 or 6 feet in diameter, and they said they wanted to build a bigger one."
Liborio Markets broke the Guinness Book World Record for largest pupusa in 2007 at the L.A. Gastronomical Festival, and they're re-creating their Salvadoran wonder at the Blessed Sacrament Fall Carnival in Hollywood on Sunday, October 18.
The World's Largest Pupusa measures 10 feet, 2 inches, in diameter.
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So why a giant pupusa? Rather than, say, a giant burrito? "You've made me think about it," says Alejo. "Why not a burrito? I can make a burrito. Sixty feet. Why not?"
Blessed Sacrament's 56th Annual Fall Carnival takes place at Blessed Sacrament Church, 6657 Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood; the festivities begin Friday, October 16, at 6 p.m.; continue Saturday, October 17, from 4 to 11 p.m.; and conclude Sunday, October 18. Pupusa making starts at 9 a.m., Sunday. Free admission. Call (323) 462-6311 or go to www.blessedsacramenthollywood.org for more info.