Unexpected, yummy recipes using tortillas

Shine from Yahoo! CanadaNovember 8, 2012

Delicious tortilla recipesChef and author of "Tortillas to the Rescue" Jessica Harlan highlights delicious, unexpected ways to use tortillas in everything from breakfast to dessert, including a tortilla crusted French toast, broccoli cheddar quiche with tortilla crust, chocolate lime bark, yogurt parfait in a tortilla cup, and tortilla pizza.

When you think of a tortilla, what immediately comes to mind? A taco, quesadilla, or an enchilada perhaps? Likely so, but chef and author of “Tortillas to the Rescue”, Jessica Harlan, is  proving that there are a variety of ways to incorporate tortillas into cooking in everything from breakfast recipes to dessert.  Jessica’s new book includes 100 easy recipes with tortillas, and we highlighted a few of our favorites on today's episode.

Let’s start by breaking down the different ways Jessica recommends to use tortillas. (Don't worry - all the recipes highlighted in this episode are available below).

1)  As a topper (like breadcrumbs) - One way to use tortillas is by grinding them into tortilla chips. They can be used to top foods like you would with breadcrumbs. For instance, try tortilla-crusted French toast.

2) As a crust - for instance, try broccoli cheddar quiche.

3) A stand-in ingredient - many cultures have a flat bread, pancake or other version of the tortilla. In many cases, tortillas, which are easy to find, can be a stand-in for these harder-to-find ingredients. Perfect example is using tortillas in pizza instead of dough.

4) Parfaits – try out a yogurt parfait in a tortilla cup. You can also fill the cup with black bean soup or a Mexican salad.

5) Dessert – use tortillas in everything from Nutella quesadillas to Tortilla-Lime Bark.

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