Friday, July 02, 2010

Corn Tortillas

Okay, so I'm at work on Tuesday thinking about what am I going to eat for dinner. I already had some chili thawing in the fridge, but I was also thinking about having salad and corn tortillas with it. I have salad, I always make a bowl of green salad every few days for my husband and I. I was too lazy to stop at the store to pickup a package of corn tortillas, plus I'm always going to the grocery store to pickup something that I ran out of or forgot on the last shopping trip. I knew I had masa in my pantry from when I made tortillas with the students on Cinco de Mayo, so I figured I can easily and quickly make tortillas when I got home.

This recipe is from the back of the package. Oh, before I forget you'll need a tortilla press. They are pretty inexpensive from Latino markets, which we have plenty of around here.

Corn Tortillas
makes 8
1 cup masa
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup water

Combine masa, salt and about half the water for about 2 minutes to form soft dough. If dough feels dry, add more water (one tablespoon at a time).

Divide dough into equal balls. Cover with damp cloth to keep dough moist. Line a tortillas press with thick plastic wrap (like a plastic storage bag cut apart, but I used Glad Wrap and it worked out fine). Place each ball between plastic and press until tortilla measure 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Carefully peel off plastic wrap.

On preheated ungreased griddle or skillet on medium-high heat cook tortillas one at a time for a 50 seconds. Turn, then cook the second side for another 50 seconds. Cover tortillas with cloth napkin to keep soft and warm. (I pressed, then cooked one at a time, sort of moved them around on my griddle as I went along, as you can see in photo)

Next time I'll make them bigger, they came out a little small.

It may sound difficult, but very easy and kind of fun. You can store these in the fridge for up to a week, and then reheat on the griddle or microwave. Hope you try these, can also be used for tacos and fried for tostadas!

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April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

I've never made tortillas from scratch before. Yours look really lovely. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Kristen said...

My sack of masa herina is literally on my counter waiting for me to start making tortillas for tonight's dinner (of course I have found time to surf blogs first!!). Homemade tortillas are so much tastier!!

Christy said...

I make flour tortillas but am stopped at the press - don't have one of those gadgets - from making the corn tortillas. I need to find one to borrow to see if we like the taste.

Melodie said...

I've always wanted to make my own corn tortillas. Can you do it without a press I wonder? Maybe a rolling pin? I love that it looks so easy!

Anonymous said...

I just happened upon your blog. Love this great recipe.

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