Oi! Finally found a flat tortilla recipe that works for me! I use freshly ground red wheat berries. Granted, the experts recommend white wheat, but i just grabbed the red and proceeded. Figured if it would work with that, it’ll work with any.
Takes about 25 minutes to mix all together and allow dough to rest. Cooking is about 20 minutes. This recipe yields 15 tortillas rolled to about 10 inch diameter, but I halved it and it worked great.
3 cups flour (white wheat is better for tortillas, but this even works pretty good using red)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 to 6 tablespoons butter
1 ¼ cups warm water (approximately but you may need more if using whole wheat flours)
Mix the dry ingredients; then drop in the butter. I squish it round in the dry ingredients with my fingers until the mix resembles coarse crumbles. Add the warm water and mix. I prefer using my Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer with the dough hook and let it do the work. Cover the dough and let rest for about 10 minutes. Knead a time or two, then tear off about 15 pieces of dough and roll into balls. I throw the balls back into the mixer bowl, but just put them somewhere and cover – let rest for 10 minutes more. Now they are ready to roll out. Dust a bit of flour on your surface.
Cook in a dry heavy flat bottom skillet like a cast iron one for about 30 seconds each side on medium heat or less.
Keep warm or use them immediately for enchiladas or another favorite Mexican dish.
I’ve been using this recipe for over 30 years and it never fails to please! Since i don’t eat pork, i use our home raised ground beef which i’ve turned into beef sausage and using these same spices, it turns out awesome. Make your own egg noodles and simple cut them about 1 1/2 inches wide and whatever length you like (they’ll get wider and longer when you boil them). I use cottage cheese instead of ricotta and i often buy full fat mozzarella and shred it myself. Usually have my own tomatoes to chop and cook down.
Here’s the original recipe printed in Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook circa 1980. Great cookbook and you can see that page 159 has been open quite a lot! The cookbook must be out of print, but there are several vendors offering it at deep discount, but i’m not parting with my copy!!
September’s meal for Refuge Ministries, Mexico, Missouri was an old favorite of ours which was published in the Centennial Baptist Church cookbook shared by Frankie Levingston, the mom of my dear high school chum, Sharie Levingston.
1 lb ground beef (i use our home raised fully grass-finished beef)
2 cups pasta
3 cups chopped tomatoes or 1-15 oz can sauce
1/2 cups chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped peppers (we prefer green beans, okra, or such)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup cubed cheese (use your favorite)
Prepare pasta as per package instructions, drain, set aside. While pasta is boiling, brown ground beef in a large skillet with chopped onions, add tomatoes or sauce, with optional vegetables. Stir to just mixed, then add pasta. Mix carefully then sprinkle about 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over top along with the cubed cheese. Replace lid and put on low heat until cheese starts to melt. Serve over bed of lettuce if desired.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Author: Frankie Levingston, Centennial Baptist Church (Mexico, MO) cookbook.
My photos show this recipe multiplied by 10 to prepare enough for the Refuge plus have some meals to deliver to friends and neighbors who are recovering from surgeries.
Hope you enjoy preparing and serving this easy, inexpensive, and tasty dish.
The most recent issue of Rural Missouri carried a short article on composting. I never seem to get around to building a compost pile, but i compost all the time on the fly. I compost straight into the garden or pasture. The less materials have to be handle the better in my book. BUT, on a small scale with limited space for growing plus needing a place to ditch those apple cores and coffee grounds, backyard or porch composting is awesome!
Just throwing out this question to my foodie bloggers and others who print them off to use. I don’t make any money with my blog, but enjoy jotting down favourite family recipes which others seem to like. So, not looking to spend a lot of money on a recipe function, but still something user-friendly and print off nicely. What are ya’ll using that you like?