Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Homemade Tortillas! YUM!!

Okay, I'm not going to be posting very much today, Sorry!! It's been kind of a crazy morning and I'm exhausted and want to take a nap while my kids are sleeping, So because of this I'm going to post a new VERY FRUGAL recipe for homemade tortillas that are DELICIOUS!

I've tried a few different homemade tortillas recipes and so far this one is my favorite. And the best part is I can make 7-10 tortillas, depending on how big you want them, in about 10 minutes and they cost me easily less then about $.50 to make them all. I love a good Yummy Deal! So here is the recipe courtesy of a friend of a friends blog called ourbestbites.com.

Here goes:

Flour Tortillas

2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. very hot water
1 tsp. salt (Kosher salt if you have it.)
1/4 c. shortening

In a heavy-duty mixer, combine flour and salt. Add in shortening and mix until well combined (it will resemble coarse bread crumbs). Add hot water. The water needs to be hot enough to melt the shortening, but not SO hot that the dough turns into gooey mess. I usually get relatively warm water from my tap and then heat it for 45-60 seconds in the microwave.

After you add the water, the dough will start to come together. When it is fully combined, remove from mixer and divide into portions. The recipe yield depends on how many tortillas you want. If you want small fajita sized tortillas then you'll probably get around 10-12. If you want medium burrito sized tortillas then you'll probably get around 8. For large tortillas, like for salad wraps, you'll get around 6. Shape portions into round balls. Here is a picture courtesy of ourbestbites.com.

Now, Preheat a non-stick skillet to medium-low heat. If necessary, spray your table top with non-stick cooking spray; you may not need to because the dough isn't particularly sticky, but it may be and you also don't want to add any more flour to your dough. Press your palm against the surface of the dough ball and then place your rolling pin in the middle of the dough ball and roll to desired thickness, shaping in a circle as you go. I roll mine out pretty thin when I make them, they tend to come out thicker than you think they will.

Place a raw tortilla on you preheated skillet. Your first tortilla may not work out great just so you know, it's like the first pancake you cook. Watch for bubbles. If you get little blistery bubbles, your skillet is too hot and you need to reduce the heat. You're looking for big, fat, slow-bubbling bubbles. When you start to see them, flip the tortilla over and cook for another 30-45 seconds or so. Take your tortillas off of the skillet before they get the dark spots on them, they will become more brittle when they cool down so you want them just a little undercooked. Ourbestbites.com recommends looking for a kind of "greasy" look inside like they are not quite done. In my experience making these that is the best way. These ones are cooked enough to not taste raw, but they're also very soft when they cool and they hold up to being wrapped, folded, twisted, and turned.

If you're cooking these quickly, you can just stack them on top of each other and they'll stay warm. You can also wrap them in damp paper towels and then wrap them in foil and keep them in a warm oven (170 degree oven) until you're ready to use them. I have been making mine on Sundays when we are all home together and then letting them cool down and storing them in a ziploc bag to be used throughout the week. I have used these tortillas to make breakfast burritos, salad wraps, tuna wraps, fajitas, and chicken enchiladas so far and LOVED them all!

So there you have it, the most delicious homemade tortillas you will ever taste.

Cost Analysis:
Homemade Tortillas: about $.50 for 7-10 tortillas
Store-bought Tortillas: anywhere from $2.50 to $4.00 for 8-12 tortillas

If you like this recipe you can go HERE for more delicious recipes by Kate and Sara at ourbestbites.com

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