Tortillas are well-know as an ingredient in Mexican food. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas and many other dishes would be unthinkable without them. However, tortillas are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of other dishes. In many cases, tortillas make different dishes easier to eat, more nutritious and more attractive.
Tortillas can be used for pinwheel appetizers. Spread a filling on the tortilla, such as cream cheese with salsa, cold meat with cheese or tuna with lettuce. Roll up the tortilla, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or even overnight. Just before serving, cut the tortillas into 1-inch pieces for perfect appetizers. Or, cut tortillas into wedges, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and bake until golden brown for homemade tortilla chips. Serve with salsa or guacamole.
Tortillas' flexibility make them an obvious choice for wraps. You can add anything you would normally put in a sandwich. Try lining a tortilla with cheese, add a little ketchup and mustard and wrap a hot dog for a mess-free lunch. Tortillas also get crisp and golden quickly in the oven, so they are perfect for a thin-crust pizza. Cut tortillas down to a smaller size (use the scraps for tortilla chips) and place them in muffin cups to bake so they retain a cup shape. Fill with chicken or lettuce salad, scrambled eggs or the ingredients from your favorite wrap.
Tortillas can work much the same as noodles in a lasagna. Simply layer the sauce and cheese with tortillas and they will soften as the lasagna bakes. Or, buy a rotisserie chicken and place chicken on a tortilla. Top with soy sauce and wrap with the tortilla, securing with toothpicks. Bake until golden.
Tortillas can be used to wrap sweet foods, such as apples for apple dumplings. You can top the apples with caramel and nuts before wrapping, securing and baking the dumplings. You can also sprinkle cut-up tortillas with melted butter, cinnamon and sugar for sweet chips that are a great snack on their own or when used to accompany ice cream or pudding.
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