Baked tortilla chips

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 tablespoons Salt
1 teaspoon Cayenne
Juice of 1 lime
2 cups Water
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
12 Stale corn tortillas

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a medium saucepan, mix the brine ingredients, warm over a low heat and whisk thoroughly. Cut the stale tortillas into strips or wedges. (If the tortillas are fresh, dry them by spreading them on a baking sheet and letting them sit out, room temperature, for 1 hour or more.) Briefly dip the tortilla pieces into the brine, then shake off the excess water. (A longer soaking in the brine will make the tortillas take on a more pronounced flavor.) Spread the prepared tortilla chips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake, turning occasionally, until they are crisp and golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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