Today I’m revealing my first ever Secret Recipe Club recipe! I am enamored with the idea of this project. Essentially, those of us who have signed up to be in the SRC are assigned another blog at random to cook from and post about. I was so eager to receive my first SRC assignment that I started making recipes from Gorgeous Gourmet almost immediately. I settled on sharing these tortillas with you because they are a fun change from what I usually post about.
Here are my thoughts on tortillas. First off, never, ever buy tortillas from your grocery store unless there someone sitting there making them by hand and putting them in a paper bag for you to eat immediately. Store bought tortillas are impossibly old by the time you eat them for dinner and not very tasty at all. The best ever store-bought tortillas are sold as un-cooked tortillas. Live near a Costco? You’re in luck! Check in the refrigerator section and pick up a package! Toss half in the freezer and keep the other half in your fridge. Want a fresh tortilla? Just warm a skillet on the stove until a small pat of butter melts and plop in a tortilla. Thirty seconds to a minute later, you have a tasty, fresh, delicious tortilla that you can eat plain, fill with cheese, or use in this amazing tortilla casserole.
There’s only one caveat about the Costco tortillas. They don’t have whole wheat or organic options available. So, if you want amazing, fresh-cooked tortillas that fall into one of those two categories, you will simply have to make them yourself. And Gorgeous Gourmet has a post about how to do exactly that.
I stuck with the original recipe, but I modified the methods. I made the tortilla dough in the food processor because it’s faster, easier, and less messy. I also recommend rolling the tortillas out so that they are fairly transparent. See how you can see the black line through the tortilla in the picture below? Yes, you want it that thin so that when it bubbles….
…like the below picture, it doesn’t get impossibly thick.
I used lard instead of butter in my recipe simply because it was sitting out on the counter already. I think that next time I’d use even more lard or butter. If you’re not on a diet and you plan on making these, try doubling the butter and report back to me!
Adapted from Gorgeous Gourmet
Homemade tortillas in just 15 minutes!
- Add the flour and butter to a food processor and turn on. Combine the salt and water in a measuring cup and pour the water over the flour mixture. Process until the dough forms a ball and becomes very soft, about 10 seconds. The dough shouldn't be very sticky, but if it is, add a tiny bit of flour to your hands so you can work with it.
- Pinch of a 2-inch ball of dough and roll it out on a floured surface so that the dough is nearly transparent. Having trouble getting the dough to roll out? Cover it and let it rest for 5 minutes and then try again! This allows the dough to relax so that it will not just snap back when you roll it out.
- Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove over medium heat with a small pat of butter until the butter begins to sizzle. Drop the tortilla into the butter and cook until the top is bubbly, about 30-45 seconds. Flip the tortilla and cook for another 30-45 seconds or until golden on both sides. Remove from the pan.
- Repeat with the remaining dough, working with two inch pieces. Eat these tortillas immediately!