Food Stuff

Illustration By Conrad Garcia

As noted in last week’s Food stuff, few local places produce tortillas by hand. Here’s an easy solution that will work at home. Head over to La Esperanza Mexican Food Products, which operates a tortilleria, and ask the cashier for the house-made corn-tortilla masa. La Esperanza has the masa available every day until it runs out at about 1 p.m. A pound of masa, 60 cents, will produce about 15 corn tortillas. Go home, wet your hands, pinch off a bit of masa and shape it into a sphere the size of a golf ball. Place it between two pieces of plastic wrap. Flatten the masa with a tortilla press or use a rolling pin or heavy pan. Toss it on a hot, heavy griddle. Flip it after about 45 seconds and flip it again after about a minute. When it puffs up, you are ready for action. 5028 Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento, (916) 456-0631.