Sunday, June 13, 2010

Cabin Cooking: Taco Time

I used the cast iron griddle my good friend Betty gave me the other night to make hand made tortillas. Wayne got some masa harina (corn flour) for roast beef gravy. So, I decided to marry my new griddle, extra masa and leftover roast to make soft tacos.

The recipe on the bag just calls for masa and water. I tried a test batch and found them to be tasty but crumbly. I decided to modify the recipe to make them sturdier. Here's what I came up with.

Margy's Modified Corn Tortillas

1 cup masa harina (corn flour)
2 tablespoons white flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
I mixed the ingredients together and refrigerated the dough for several hours before cooking. If they are too moist, add a few tablespoons of masa before rolling. I don't have a tortilla press, so I used folded plastic wrap and my rolling pin to make small rounds about 1/8" thick. The tortillas held together as long as I didn't make them too thin or too large. The batch made twelve small tortillas.

A few minutes on each side on the hot griddle and I had tortillas. They have the sturdiness of a flour tortilla and the great taste of a corn tortilla. To keep them warm until serving, I kept them wrapped in foil. Some refried beans, my beef taco filling, shredded lettuce, cheese and salsa made a tasty meal. So much so, that we each ate four. YUM! -- Margy

7 comments:

  1. I am so happy that you are enjoying the griddle. Your tocos look very good they make me hungry.
    Looking forward to our next coffee day.
    Hugs ♥♥♥

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  2. You've inspired me to attempt making a batch myself. We love tortillas.

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  3. Ooh, that looks good! I'm going to have to try it myself sometime-- especially now that I have so many of the taco fillings coming up in my garden.

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  4. Hi Margy! Thanks for stopping by my blog and thank you for your comments :) I'm actually considering a move to the Sunshine Coast (I'm in the Lower Mainland) in the near-ish future so I'm looking forward to reading some more of your blog and kind of get an idea of what life can be like up there! I'm trying to get some people to tell me more about the Coast but haven't had much luck yet. I've been there twice before but didn't do much in the way of exploring. I may just send you an email sometime with a few questions :P

    Take care!

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  5. My daughter in law is Mexican and she's made this for us several times, they are delicious. Nothing like a warm freshly made tortilla. She has a press but they are not easy to work with. I think your rolling pin idea probably works better but I've never made them myself.

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  6. Thanks everyone for all the comments.

    Mandy - Feel free to ask any questions you have. Either leave a comment or use the link in my profile to send an e-mail. I love sharing information about our town.

    Margaret - I bet your daughter in law can make some great Mexican food. I love it. In Los Angeles we had lots of restaurant choices, but up here it's harder to get authentic Mexican food.

    Margy

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