Friday, August 3, 2012

Homemade Tortillas

You can make a dozen 4-5" tortillas, in no time at all, with only three ingredients.
This reicpe comes from Happyolks blogsite.
2 cups Masa Harina
1 Cup warm water
1 tsp salt
For the tortillas, dissolve the salt into the warm water.  Pour over the bowl of masa harina slowly, stirring as you go.  Mix until combined; smooth but not sticky.  Knead lightly and press into a ball.  Cover, and let rest for 30 minutes or up to 2hrs.
Pinch off a golf-ball sized chunk of dough and roll into a smooth ball, set aside and continue until you've used all the dough.  Lay out a few sheets of parchment paper and get a flat plate to help you press out the dough.
Set one dough ball between two pieces of parchment and start to flatten with your hand.  Continue with hands, or for even edges, grab a heavy bowl and put your weight into it over the sheets of parchment and the ball.   I found this awkward and decided to take it to the floor. 
First a wood cutting board, then the parchment paper with the dough sandwiched in between, lastly another piece of wood on top that I stepped on, to effortlessly flatten the tortillas.
Peel back the parchment and you’ve got a perfectly shaped tortilla. Cook for two minutes on each side in a non-greased frying pan.  Set aside and begin to stack them up.
Top them with whatever you're craving.  I like using leftovers, so it was black beans tossed with some ground cumin, smoked paprika and lime juice for the base.  Added chopped smoked pork, fresh corn kernels, avocado chunks and some pickled red onion.  Delicious!
I keep a jar of pickled red onions in the refrigerator.  This recipe from The Family Chef makes two cups and is great on everything.  

Pickled Red Onion
1 red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 C unseasoned rice vinegar 
1/4 C kosher salt
1/4 C sugar
Mix everything together and let sit ten minutes to overnight, then refrigerate.

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