Saturday, April 16, 2011

How to Warm Tortillas

Ever notice how the warm tortillas served at Mexican restaurants for fajitas never crack when you roll them up around your fajita fillings? In contrast, do your tortillas tend to crack when you assemble burritos or fajitas at home? The solution is simple: warm your tortillas before rolling. If you just start rolling them straight from the refrigerator, they're almost certain to crack. Warm tortillas are more pliable, but you also want to keep them from drying out. To prevent your warm tortillas from drying out, keep them covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use, or hold them in a tortilla warmer (or a foil packet if using the oven warming method below). Here are two easy ways to warm your tortillas.

Microwave method: Layer 4 to 6 tortillas on a microwave-safe plate with a damp paper towel between each tortilla, covering the top tortilla with a damp paper towel. Microwave until heated through, about 30 to 45 seconds depending on the wattage of your microwave.

Oven method: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Wrap 6 to 8 tortillas in a piece of aluminum foil and place in oven for about 5 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil packet from oven and only take out tortillas as you're ready to use them, closing up the packet to keep remaining tortillas warm and moist.

Zestfully yours,
Carolina Sauce Company

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