Monday, April 18, 2011

Tortillas and Quesadillas

A wonderful lady in my church taught me how to make homemade tortillas and they are amazing! I made them one time and Justin requested that I never buy them from the store again! That's a success in my opinion. And they are super easy to make! Any leftovers freeze easily and you can quickly reheat them in the oven.

Tortillas (makes 12-15)
3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 tsp. salt
~1 cup warm water

In a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and butter. Slowly add water until the mixture forms a stiff dough. (Don't add all the water at once; you probably won't need it all. You don't want the dough to be sticky.) Lightly knead the dough and shape into a ball.

Divide the dough by pinching off small balls with your thumb and finger (see picture).

You are aiming for 12 tortillas. Set the balls of dough in rows and cover with a damp paper towel or damp dish towel.

Let dough sit for at least 15 minutes. Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat until hot. Press the outside of the ball of dough until you have a disk with a small hump in the middle.

Roll out the dough into a circle. Getting a good circle will probably take some practice :)

Cook the tortilla on each side in the heated skillet. You'll know it's done because it become slightly puffy and brown. Repeat for the rest of the dough.

Justin and I really enjoy chicken, mushroom, spinach quesadillas. They are simple to make. You can use the same filling that I make for the topping on the Alfredo Pizza found HERE. Just cook the onion, chicken, mushrooms, and spinach as specified and don't worry about the rest.

The only thing you will need in addition is cheese. Monterey Jack, Colby, Cheddar, or a similar mix all work well.

On top of one tortilla, layer 1/4 cup cheese, some of the filling (if using all 12 tortillas, I portion out the filling into 6 servings) and another 1/4 cup cheese. Top with another tortilla. Fry in skillet coated with cooking spray. Flip halfway through cooking, when tortillas are browning and cheese is melting. Coat the skillet with more cooking spray before you flip the quesadilla. Repeat until all are cooked.

We serve them with salsa or ranch and you could also do sour cream if that hits the spot for you!


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