The night I made...MADE tortillas...

Raise your hand if you loathe store bought tortillas? 

Um hum, that's what I thought.  They're so not good.  They taste exactly like cardboard.

But, there is nothing in the world better than a freshly made tortilla, right?  I, personally, could eat about a million of them.  There is nothing like it!  Fajitas made on anything other than a homemade tortilla are less than appealing.  Thank goodness for Central Market, right?  (Strange, that's not the first time I've ever written that.)  It's the perfect fix.  You get your homemade tortillas in your own home to make your own homemade fajitas! 

Tonight I wanted to make fajitas.  Yum!  I knew all I had were cardboard tortillas in the fridge, so a stop to CM was a must!  Only things that are a "must" sometimes become a "can't" when you throw a 1 year old in the mix.  Jack's teething like crazy right now...random bouts of sobbing, refusing to nap, throwing his food to Vincent instead of eating it...good times.  So, basically he's eating only grilled cheese sandwiches and blueberries (because it's the only thing he'll eat instead of tossing) and napping whenever he wants to.  And today he chose to nap on the way home from the zoo.  Which was when I wanted to go to CM.  So, home we went and a conundrum I was in.  I couldn't do the cardboard tortillas.  So.............I turned to the Pioneer Woman

Ree Drummond is pretty darn amazing, and she knows how to do anything.  Including making homemade tortillas.  And she should.  She's amazing. 

I did a little search, found her recipe and got started!  I followed her directions, but halved the recipe, since I'm cooking for a family of 3 and she cooks for a family of like 6 or something.  I also used Crisco instead of lard.  I didn't have any lard on hand, believe it or not. good!  I followed her advice and rolled my tortillas super thin, but think  I might go a little thicker next time.  I used my cast iron skillet and it worked perfectly.  Once you are past the resting phases, it goes really quickly!  I probably did my half of a recipe in 5 minutes, rolling out one while one is in the pan.

The best thing was the soundtrack of the sobbing, tearless 1 year old who only wanted all of my attention...not wanting to take a mommy break for a few seconds at a time.  A 1 year old who didn't want juice, didn't want his paci, didn't want his talking bear, didn't want his magnet toy, didn't want Monk, didn't want the ice he's been chomping on to ease the teething.  He wanting nothing but mommy holding him.  And to be outside.  It was a rough 5 minutes in our house. 

But we made it through and the tortillas were fab and totally made the meal!  And I'll be making my own tortillas from now on, thank you! 

I stole this pic from the Pioneer Woman's website.  She does great pics and you should totally look at her recipe of pictures.

Here's Pioneer Woman's tortilla recipe:
Homemade Tortillas

Prep Time 1 Hour30 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes Servings 16 Difficulty Intermediate

■2-½ cups All-purpose Flour
■2-½ teaspoons Baking Powder
■1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
■½ cups Lard Or Vegetable Shortening
■2 Tablespoons (additional) Lard Or Vegetable Shortening\
■1 cup Hot Water

Preparation Instructions:

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large wooden bowl. Stir together.
 Add spoonfuls of lard or shortening (use 1/2 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons), then use a pastry cutter to combine the ingredients. Cut mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Slowly pour in hot water, stirring to bring mixture together. Lightly knead dough 30 to 40 times, or until it becomes a cohesive ball of dough and is less sticky. Cover with a tea towel and allow dough to rest for at least an hour.

Roll into ping pong size balls, place on a tray, cover with a tea towel, and allow to rest for another 20 to 30 minutes.

When you’re ready to make the tortillas, head a dark or cast iron griddle to medium/medium-high heat. One by one, roll out balls of dough until very, very thin. Throw tortillas (one by one) onto the griddle. Cook on each side for 20 to 30 seconds, removing while tortillas are still soft but slightly brown in spots. Remove and stack tortillas, and cover with a towel to keep warm. Serve immediately or allow to cool before storing tortillas in a container. To warm, nuke tortillas in the microwave, or wrap in foil and warm in the oven.

Helpful tips:

* Make sure the water you pour in is very warm.
* Allow the dough to rest, both after kneading and after forming into balls.
* Roll out very thin.
* Get the heat right on your stove: Too hot, and the tortilla will burn in spots. Not hot enough, and the tortilla will begin to crisp before you can get it to brown. I get my stove between medium and medium high heat; that seems to do the trick.
* Use a dark griddle or cast iron skillet to brown the tortillas.
* Cook just long enough to lightly brown the tortilla in spots; don’t cook too long or tortillas will crisp. You want them to be soft and pliable when you serve them.
* Finally: Have fun! And enjoy them. They’re absolutely scrumptious.


Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness-these sound and look so. good. And mostly it's completely impressive that you tried it. FYI, in case you ever don't have time to make your own, Taco Cabana has excellent tortillas, AND a drive-thru. Winner.

Beth Wooten said...

I'm impressed! If anyone would have the motivating love of tortillas, it would be you!