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Soft for a taco or crisp like Scandinavian bread.

Soft for a taco or crisp like Scandinavian bread

Soft and pliable like a Mexican tortilla, or dry and brittle like Scandinavian crisp bread, this dough works either way. Cornmeal and ready-to-eat cereal add flecks of flavor to the wheat flour base. Roll dough thin and bake to serve like a tortilla or soft taco; cook it twice to use as crisp bread. If you don't find the cereal mix in the supermarket, try a health-food store (or use bran cereal or puffed wheat).

Flour Tortillas Plus

1 cup ready-to-eat 9-grain cereal

1 cup yellow or white cornmeal

2 tablespoons salad oil

1 cup water

About 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder In a food processor, whirl cereal until half is finely ground. Add cornmeal, oil, and water; whirl to mix. (Or whirl cereal in a blender, then mix in a bowl with remaining ingredients.) Mix 2 1/4 cups flour with baking powder. Whirl into cereal mixture until dough forms ball, about 30 seconds. If required, add more flour, 2 tablespoons at a time. (Or stir ingredients together and knead on a floured board until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.) Cover dough with plastic wrap and let stand until relaxed and elastic, at least 10 minutes. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces; keep covered with plastic wrap or waxed paper to prevent drying. Shape 1 piece at a time into a ball; press each to make a round about 3 inches wide. Roll out on a floured board to make an 8-inch-wide round; flip often, adding flour to prevent sticking. Repeat for all balls; stack with plastic wrap or waxed paper between each layer. In an ungreased 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan or on a nonstick griddle over medium-high heat, cook each tortilla, turning often, until dry and flecked with brown but still soft and flexible, about 4 minutes. Brush off excess flour and stack, as cooked, in an envelope made of foil. Serve warm. If made ahead, let cool. Keep airtight up to 2 days. Makes 12.--T.R. Mafit, Roseburg, Ore. Per tortilla: 135 cal.; 3 g protein; 2.6 g fat; 24 g carbo.; 72 mg sodium; 0 mg chol. Crisp tortillas. Follow recipe for flour tortillas plus (preceding). Quickly immerse each tortilla (warm or cool) in water; drain briefly. Lay rounds side-by-side on 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. Bake in a 500 [degrees] oven for 4 minutes. Turn tortillas over with a wide spatula; bake until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes longer. If using 2 pans, switch positions halfway through baking.

Turkey-Asparagus Soft Tacos

12 medium-size (about 1/2 lb.)

asparagus spears

6 flour tortillas plus (recipe precedes),

warm and soft

6 ounces thinly sliced fontina cheese

3/4 pound thinly sliced cooked turkey

breast, cut into strips

1 jar (3 oz.) sliced pimientos Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. In a deep 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat, bring about 1 inch water to boiling. Add asparagus; cook, uncovered, until barely tender when pierced, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and immerse in ice water. When cool, drain and set aside. Dry pan and set on medium heat. Lay tortillas in pan, 1 at a time (use 2 pans to speed cooking), and quickly top each with 1/6 of the cheese, turkey, asparagus spears, and pimientos. Heat just until cheese begins to melt, about 1 minute; lift tortilla to fold in half over filling. Hold tacos to eat, or serve on plates. Makes 6 servings. Per taco: 344 cal.; 28 g protein; 13 g fat; 27 g carbo.; 293 mg sodium; 72 mg chol.

PHOTO : Roll grain-flecked balls of dough into thin rounds; cook in a dry pan. Top warm tortilla

PHOTO : with cheese, turkey, asparagus, pimientos. When cheese starts to melt, fold tortilla to

PHOTO : enclose filling (right)

PHOTO : For a snack or lunch, enjoy soft taco filled with turkey and tender asparagus spears
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