Back in my Boy Scout leader days, I would take tortillas rather than bread on backpacking trips. We could pack tortillas in a plastic container without mangling them and we could use them to wrap anything. We would do sandwich wraps, breakfast wraps, and dessert wraps. I still love wraps.
It’s easy to make sandwich wraps. Load them with meats, cheese, and veggies to suit. Spread them with mayonnaise or a sandwich spread or drizzle them with dressing.
For breakfast, you can fill them with scrambled eggs, grated cheese, and snipped bacon or crumbled sausage. Add salsa if you like for a Tex-Mex breakfast burrito.
You can buy tortillas in the grocery store or make them yourself with our easy tortilla mixes.
Here are four of our favorite wraps--great for a quick lunch or an easy dinner.
You can make an open-ended wrap or a closed one. And everyone seems to have their own best way to wrap a wrap. This is how we wrap a wrap.
If we make a closed end wrap, we cut the wrap in two and eat half at a time.
If the tortilla is a little stiff and hard to wrap and keep closed, try microwaving the tortilla under a paper towel for 15 to 20 seconds. It will be more pliable.
In our test kitchen, we made wraps both with mayonnaise and with sandwich spreads. Everyone much preferred the wraps made with spreads. The extra flavor and zest really made the wrap.
As of this writing, we have 14 different spreads—really good spreads. Please try the whipped mustard spreads. They’re incredibly good.
Grilled Chicken or Leftover Turkey Wrap
Grilled chicken or leftover turkey makes a wonderful wrap. Load it up as you like. Pick a sandwich spread or whipped mustard spread that gives your wraps some zip. The spinach tortillas can be purchased in the grocery store.
grilled chicken breast, seasoned and cut into 2-inch strips
thinly sliced red bell pepper, each slice cut in half
slices of tomato
thinly sliced sweet yellow onions
Zesty Italian Wrap
This Italian wrap gets its zest from the Italian dressing and pepper jack cheese. The pastrami and pepperoni give it a lot of flavor.
grated pepper jack cheese
zesty Italian dressing
tomato basil tortillas
This is a great wrap for summer. It’s light and refreshing, healthy and flavorful. This is a great wrap for a picnic or a lunch in the shade at the park.
tuna packed in water, drained
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper
provolone cheese, thinly sliced
cucumbers, thinly sliced
Chipotle Roast Beef Wrap
Deli roast beef, thinly sliced
Pepper jack cheese
Thin tomato slices
(Note: If you heat the tortilla for ten to fifteen seconds in the microwave before making the wrap it will be much easier to work with and they will stay together better after the wrap is rolled.)