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Tortilla And Wraps
A wrap is a type of sandwich alternative made with a soft flatbread rolled around a filling. The usual flatbreads are wheat-flour tortillas, lavash or pita; the filling usually consists of cold sliced meat, poultry or fish accompanied by shredded lettuce, diced tomato or pico de gallo, guacamole, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, grilled onions, cheese and a sauce, such as ranch or honey mustard. A wrap is a variation of a sandwich: a sandwich has two distinct layers which are the top and bottom pieces of bread. A wrap, on the other hand, is one piece that completely surrounds the content of the wrap.
Perfect homemade meals for anyone looking for an easy snack on the go, a way to use up leftovers, or some tasty new flavours for lunch or dinner. Wraps have all the quickness and hand-held, utensil-free convenience of a sandwich while offering more variety than a sandwich. Inspired by Mexico’s tacos, France’s crêpes, Vietnam’s spring rolls, the Middle East’s falafel, Greece’s gyros, Armenia’s aram sandwiches, Japan’s sushi rolls and China’s moo shu, wraps are a perfect example of everyday fusion food. Don’t be shy about crossing culinary borders to make new flavour combinations, the average wrap combines elements of more than one cuisine in every bite. Wrap teriyaki beef in a pita, curried chicken in a tortilla, or tuna salad in naan. Anything goes.
The most common and widely available flatbread to use for the wrapper is a tortilla. In addition to traditional flour tortillas, try herb, pesto, whole wheat, jalapeño, lemon, spinach and tomato flavours. Try pita and naan breads, spring roll wrappers or crêpes. Butterhead lettuce also works nicely for wrapping around fillings because the leaves are large and can fold without breaking. The tortilla is a flatbread made from corn or wheat. The word "tortilla" originally comes from the Spanish word torta, which means "round cake". When Spanish explorers discovered an unleavened flatbread made by the Aztecs, they called it tortilla (little torta).
Tortillas have been used for many centuries in Mexico, where they are consumed year round. More recently other countries have begun producing them to serve the Mexican market and the growing demand for Mexican food, particularly in North America, Europe and Eastern Asia. Tortillas are most commonly prepared with meat to make dishes such as tacos, burritos and enchiladas, however, there are many alternate versions without meat.
Mexicans, Armenians, Mid Easterners, Greeks and Turks have been eating wraps since before the 1900’s. Mexicans refer to them as burritos, and they come in different ingredient varieties, such as corn, flour and wheat. The wrap in its Western form probably comes from California, as a generalization of the Tex-Mex burrito, and became popular in the 1990’s.