Thursday, May 21, 2015

Homemade Tortillas

Over the weekend, we became the new owners of a tortilla press.  My husband's parents were cleaning out his grandmother's house and this is one of the items they passed on to our home.  Years ago, my husband's grandparents owned a restaurant.  As a little boy, my husband was allowed to help make the tortillas (from scratch).  They would set him up on a step stool with a large amount of dough and he would roll out countless tortillas.  :)

As you can imagine our kids were instantly interested in this odd looking contraption.  I promised them we would make tortillas and that is exactly what we did.  

I found a great recipe on Pinterest at The Mama's Girls blog(click here for recipe).  Now I grew up making yeast breads and cinnamon rolls so I was curious to see if the tortillas were more or less work.  The dough is super simple and other than the time to roll and press each tortilla, I found the process to be very easy.

Each of the kids took a turn pressing balls of dough.  The press flattened each ball of dough into a flat, circular disk.  Then the disk had to be rolled with the rolling pin until it was very flat and large.  From there, I placed each tortilla (one at a time) on my cast-iron griddle.  We have a small circular griddle that I always use for warming tortillas.  Not to sound like a tortilla snob, but warming them up in the microwave is NO BUENO! :)

( I thought it was funny that even though he is more than capable of reaching the counter, he still stood on the step stool. )  :)

We loved the finished product and decided it was okay to only have tortillas for lunch.  What?  There are times when an all carb diet is perfectly acceptable.  This was one of those moments. :)

After we finished sampling we packaged up a few of the tortillas and drove over to the meat market.  My husband and father-in-law got such a kick out of seeing us walk in with homemade tortillas.  Needless to say, there weren't any leftovers. :)

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