Saturday, November 15, 2008

Homemade tortillas and tortilla bake

I found a recipe for tortillas, something I've usually bought in the supermarket for convenience but the downside being they contain additives that I would prefer to avoid. Anyway, the tortillas were so easy to make using the following recipe:

1 cup cornmeal
1 tsp salt
1 cup boiling water

Mix the above, leave for 10 mins. Then add 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour and mix, using hands, until the mixture forms a stiff dough.

Divide into balls (I made 9 medium size tortillas) and roll out on a board with more cornflour, until they are quite thin. Place on a plate, separating each with a piece of baking paper.

Fry in oil (I used grapeseed) for a few moments on each side - not too long or they become tough. Drain each one on a piece of kitchen paper.

For the bake, you'll need 6 tortillas.

Make up some tomato based bean sauce, I fried an onion and garlic, added chilli, then a tin of tomatoes (we've finished all of our own frozen ones now), and a can of cannelloni beans, some black pepper and a small amount of oregano. Cook for about 15mins.
I used some chopped up leftover roast chicken from last night, but there wasn't much, about 1/2 cup. You could put more in, say 1 1/2 - 2 cups.
Grate some cheese, about 2 cups. You also need a few dollops of sour cream.

To assemble, line a greased dish with 2 tortillas, then put on 1/4 of the sauce, 1/4 of the cheese, a few dollops of sour cream and 1 cup chicken (or half what you have), put on 2 more tortillas then repeat sauce/cheese/sour cream/chicken. Top with 2 more tortillas, then put on the remaining sauce, sour cream and cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for about 30mins on 180degC.

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