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 tortilla    [tohr-TEE-yuh]

1. Mexico's everyday bread, the UNLEAVENED tortilla is round and flat — it resembles a very thin pancake. The hand-shaped tortilla can be made from corn flour (MASA) or wheat flour, but is always baked on a griddle (COMAL). It can be eaten plain or wrapped around various fillings. Tortillas are the base for BURRITOS, TACOS and a multitude of other dishes. Both corn and flour tortillas are sold prepackaged in the refrigerator section of most supermarkets. 2. In Spain, the word tortilla  refers to a thin OMELET.

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Material adapted from the The New Food Lover's Companion

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THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.

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