A lot of people are doing a no-spend January. I think it’s a great idea, but am not participating at this time. I had several low-spend months this year, and am re-stocking on some things this month. I plan to have a lower income during the summer, so that’s when I’m planning my low-spend time.
However, today, we ran out of tortillas. One daughter assured me there were some in the fridge when I tried to buy them, and another assured me they were gone. They are a)buried deeply in the fridge, or b)indeed gone. I wanted to make enchilada bake for dinner. So, I dug out a bag on masa flour from the stockpile and gave it a try. I love finding ways to use up things I bought for one reason or another, but don’t use regularly.
I looked up several recipes on the internet. They were pretty much all the same, with extremely minor variations. I mixed 2 cups masa (corn) flour with 1-1/2 cup very hot water and a 1/4 teaspoon salt. I kneaded it until it was a ball, then pinched off balls to shape into tortillas.
Then, I cut a gallon-sized ziplock bag up the sides and made my own “press.”
I squished the balls with a big pot and some elbow grease.
Then I fried them in a pan for about 2 minutes on each side. I used a little oil in the pan.
Then, I just layered the tortillas with home-canned chile verde, refried beans, and some leftover beef pieces I chopped finely. After 3 layers, I covered the casserole with cheese and some olive slices. Now, dinner’s in the freezer for Rob to warm up while I am at work! He has a headache today, and I did not want him to have to cook when he gets home.
These tortillas are thicker than the ones from the store, and have a slightly different flavor. Still, I ate one for lunch, and they are certainly edible. I’m pretty happy with how my experiment turned out.