Corn Tortillas
Today you will learn how to make delicious home-made corn tortillas.  They take minutes to make.  You will need the following equipment:
1.  1 Tortilla Press (see photo below), which are available at your local Mexican market.  Some grocery stores will carry them.  
2.  A cast iron skillet or stove-top griddle.  I haven’t used an electric griddle but it could work also.
3.  A Ziploc quart size baggie, which works the best.  I have used plastic wrap but the thickness of the baggie works great.
4.  A styrofoam tortilla warmer.  You can buy them at the 99 cent store for  99 cents!!!  Or you can buy tortilla warmers made out of a plastic material.  The styrofoam works the best.  
5.  Masa harina.  I like the MaSeca brand the best.  There are certainly others, but the flavor of the MaSeca is great.  I also like to add a little salt, although it is optional.
Step 1:  Take 1 cup of the Masa harina and put in a bowl.  This will make 6 tortillas.  I add 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt.
Step 2:  Add about 3/4 cup of water and form a dough (see picture).  You may need to add more water if it seems too dry.  Once I have a firm (not dry) dough, I divide it up into 6 pieces (see photo) and form balls.  If you add too much water, just add a little more of the masa harina.  You could also add a little ground red chile for another flavor.
Corn Tortillas
Friday, March 31, 2006
You could make soft tacos (as shown) or stacked enchiladas.  I will post a stacked and rolled enchilada recipe later in the week.  They are also delicious with butter right off the griddle.  Quesadillas are also a favorite. Don’t forget the Butternut Squash Tacos!!  A 6 inch tortilla is only 1 point!
Step 4:  Take the flattened tortilla round and place on a preheated griddle.  Cook approximately 30 seconds on each side.  Turn and cook another 30 seconds.  Place in the styrofoam tortilla warmer.  Continue until all the tortillas are made.
Step 3:  Take a baggie and cut down both sides.  Place in the tortilla press and press a dough ball into a circle.  You might have to press down several times to get the thickness you want.