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The Secret to Thin-Crust Pizza: Tortillas

Posted Aug 15 2012 11:34am

Tortilla Pizza

From tortillas to naan to crepes, every culture has its favorite flatbread. (As opposed to risen, rounded breads.) One of my favorite flatbreads is whole-corn tortillas. While  crepes  are delightfully supple and soft, tortillas become magnificently crunchy after a few minutes on the stove — just heat in a dry skillet over medium heat for about two minutes on each side. They’ll turn crispy upon sitting off the heat. Or you can gently heat them and immediately shape/fold them while they’re still pliable.

The classic breakfast dish huevos rancheros tops tortillas with eggs, cheese, and salsa. Tostadas consist of crispy tortillas topped with darn near anything you like. Put those two concepts together, and I thought it would be fun to do an Italian take on tortillas: make them into mini-pizzas. The whole trick is toasting the tortilla before baking it — that way, your super-thin “crust” won’t get soggy.

Tortilla Pizza
Count on 2 tortillas per serving.

Pan-toast two whole-grain corn tortillas in dry skillets over medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side or until the tortilla acquires a few toasty dark brown spots. (I use small crepe-sized skillets, putting one 6″ tortilla in each skillet.) Place toasted tortillas on a foil- or parchment-covered baking sheet or tray and top with your choice of sauce: marinara , bolognese (just add sautéed meat to your marinara), palomino , even salsa . Add any chopped and sautéed veggies or meat you might like, then top with a cheese of your choice. I opted for a raw-milk yogurt cheese I’d stumbled upon at the market earlier that week. Its slight tanginess was the perfect foil to the slightly sweet flavor of the corn tortilla. But any cheese that melts well is a good option, from mozzarella to gouda. Bear in mind that any cheese made with milk from grass-fed animals tastes better and is more flavorful than conventional cheese. (Once you’ve had the good grass-fed stuff, conventional cheese starts to taste like plastic. Believe me, you’ll be so glad you made the switch!)

Bake your pizza at about 350 for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. I stuck mine in the toaster oven, and due to the small space, my pizza was done in about 5 minutes. It’ll take more like 10 minutes in a standard oven.

¡Buen provecho!

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