Wednesday, May 5, 2010

But Is She Really Thrifty: Corn Tortillas!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone.  While I was on my visit in California to visit my parents I became very interested in Mexican cuisine. This was mainly due to the fact that most of it is very inexpensive!  I was able to buy a clay bean pot and a tortilla press for close to nothing and today was the day to try them out!  As a warning, I'm sure anyone who was born and raised making corn tortillas can do it much better than I can...but my three year old absolutely loved helping!
Corn Tortillas
2 cups of masa harina. Do NOT use corn meal.
2 1/2 cups of water.
Tortilla press (you CAN try substitutes, see notes)
Wax paper

Take 2 cups of masa harina (corn flour) and add 2 1/2 cups of water to it. You can find masa harina in just about any International isle of any grocery store.  A big bag should cost around $2.  Work the water in and let it sit for about 5 minutes.  Then start working the dough like you would any other dough so it forms a ball. Divide the big ball into 16-18 smaller balls that are about the size of a golf ball. Take some wax paper and place it in the tortilla press, put the masa dough inbetween two pieces of waxed paper and smoosh! Carefully peel the dough off of the waxed paper and place on a hot dry skillet.  I used my cast iron griddle and that worked really well.  The cooked tortillas should be toasted and kind of should have air pockets.  When your tortillas are done, put them in a tortilla warmer or in a bowl with a towel in it to keep them warm.  Eat right away or reheat.  

If you don't have an actual tortilla press, you could always try waxed paper between 2 heavy books that you push down. 

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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