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what to do with stale wheat tortillas?

Zengarden Jan 17, 2010 02:24 PM

Trying to stay with my new year's resolution of not wasting food. Would like to ask what one could do with stale wheat tortillas?

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    pluot RE: Zengarden Jan 17, 2010 02:37 PM

    I would bake them, perhaps spicing them first depending on my mood, and then bake. Slice 'em up and eat as one would tortilla chips (dip, adding to soups, topping for a salad, etc). Frying is an option but not for me.

    I admit this isn't a very imaginative idea.

    1. eight_inch_pestle RE: Zengarden Jan 17, 2010 02:51 PM

      Brush them with oil, cut into triangles, and bake. Then use the tortilla chips in chilaquiles.

      1. thew RE: Zengarden Jan 17, 2010 03:00 PM

        make tortilla soup

        1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Zengarden Jan 17, 2010 03:01 PM

          as pluot said, you can slice & bake into chips. i'd brush lightly with oil & season with salt & perhaps your favorite dried herbs...or go sweet and top with cinnamon sugar.

          - quesadillas. if they're super-stale & hard, wrap in a damp towel & nuke in the MW for a few seconds to soften before proceeding.
          - fajitas. just brush tortillas lightly with oil and heat in pan or on griddle for a couple of minutes before using.
          - tortilla "pizza" - top with sauce, cheese, herbs & anything else you like, and bake until edges are crisp and cheese is melted.
          - spread with ricotta or low-fat cream cheese, drizzle with honey, fold up like a burrito or crepe, and saute in a pan for a few minutes on each side (or heat in a toaster oven) until warmed through. top with fruit sauce or compote. you can also do nutella or nut butter variations.

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            pluot RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 17, 2010 03:08 PM

            Your fourth option sounds incredibly delicious. I think I'm doing this tonight as I hadn't decided on dinner. Of course, I will use nutella and peanut butter because, well, why not. Thank you for this.

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: pluot Jan 17, 2010 03:14 PM

              my pleasure!

              BTW, it's fantastic with thinly sliced bananas inside ;)

          2. Jetgirly RE: Zengarden Jan 17, 2010 06:53 PM

            Definitely brush with oil, cut up and bake. Then, you can add them to migas (eggs scrambled with tortilla strips and other yummy stuff like onion, tomatoes, cilantro, etc.), tortilla soup, or just dip them into salsa (or hummous, or any other dip!).

            1. ipsedixit RE: Zengarden Jan 17, 2010 07:08 PM

              Make chips

              Use in a Mexican lasagna


              1. Beach Chick RE: Zengarden Jan 17, 2010 07:32 PM

                I give my stale bread to my birds..my blue jays love me for it!

                1. coll RE: Zengarden Jan 18, 2010 05:00 AM

                  Crumble and use as topping on a casserole, made of other leftovers of course.

                  1. Emme RE: Zengarden Jan 18, 2010 05:44 PM

                    in case you still have some, consider making a strata, layering with cooked chicken, (low-fat) cheddar/jack cheese, cooked chicken, green chiles, onions. tomatoes... a riff on one of these:

                    1. NickMontreal RE: Zengarden Jan 19, 2010 07:37 AM

                      Tostadas! This recipe from the late Gourmet magazine is fantastic:


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