How fun will it be to wake up on Christmas morning to some freshly baked Breakfast Burrito Snowflakes? You can fill the snowflake shaped tortilla shells with sausage, egg, cheese, and tater tots or your own combination of breakfast favorites.
How would your family react if they saw these Breakfast Burrito Snowflakes on their plates on Christmas morning?
I’m guessing they might be a bit more excited than if they just had a plate filled with cheesy scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, and tater tots.
I’m not knocking that. I’d definitely be happy with that breakfast but if you want to make Christmas breakfast a bit more magical then you can stuff all those yummy breakfast ingredients into a snowflake shaped tortilla shell.
To make these snowflakes you will need to make homemade tortilla dough, but don’t fret, it is seriously easy to make. You can mix it by hand or in the food processor.
How to make homemade tortilla dough:
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt then cut in half the lard at a time until the mixture resembles course crumbs.
- Start by adding about 1/2 of the water (hot but not boiling water works best) to the flour mixture, stirring it just until the dough comes together.
- If needed add more water, a little at a time.
- Dust your work surface liberally with flour and set the dough on top.
- Knead until the dough is no longer sticky and comes together into a ball, adding more flour if needed.
- Cover the dough and let it rest for 10-20 minutes.
Can I make the homemade tortilla dough in the food processor?
- Pour the flour, salt, and baking powder into the food processor and pulse a few times.
- Add all of the lard and pulse just until the lard breaks down into small crumbs.
- Turn on the food processor and pour half of the water in through the hole on top of the lid and pulse until combined.
- Slowly drizzle in more water just until the dough forms a ball.
- Let the dough rest in the food processor.
Do you have to use homemade tortilla dough?
- For a less traditional flavor, you can use store bought pizza dough or even crescent roll dough (buy the sheets, not the triangles). Just note that your snowflakes will be a deep golden brown like my Pizza Skulls, not white like my Burrito Skulls or the snowflake burritos pictured above.
What is lard and do I have to use it to make homemade tortillas?
- Lard is pork fat, a monounsaturated fat that has more similarity to olive oil than to butter.
Where can I get lard?
- You can get it from your butcher, or make your own by rendering the fat from pork belly or bacon, or get shelf stable sticks at the grocery store (near the shortening).
Can I use shortening instead?
- Yes, you can use shortening in this recipe, but it won’t give you the same flavor or texture.
Breakfast Burrito Fillings:
I filled my breakfast burritos with:
- scrambled eggs
- crispy crown tater tots (flat round tater tots)
- black beans
- bell peppers
- jalapeno peppers
- hash browns
You will need a Nordic Ware Snowflake Pan
- You must have a snowflake shaped pan in order to have your burritos bake in the 3 dimensional snowflake shape.
- I ordered mine on Amazon but know they are also available at retail stores.
How to fill the Burrito Snowflakes:
- Cut the tortilla dough into 6 equal sized pieces then roll the pieces out into circles (or something somewhat resembling a circle).
- Drape a piece of dough over and down into one of the snowflake cavities in the pan.
- Spoon in layers of egg, sausage, cheese, and tater tots being sure to gently push the filling down into the snowflake. This will help to ensure your dough really gets imprinted with the snowflake shape while baking. You can also just mix all your fillings together and spoon them in like that if you don’t mind not seeing layers inside.
- Fold the dough over the fillings, cutting off any excess dough, and brush egg white over top before baking.
- Once baked the top of the dough will turn lightly golden brown. When you turn the breakfast burrito snowflakes out onto a cooling rack you will notice the dough will not have browned much which makes the snowflakes look pretty.
- Note: if you use pizza dough or crescent dough your snowflakes will brown.
Breakfast Burrito Snowflake Video Tutorial
Breakfast Burrito Snowflakes Recipe
Bake sausage, egg, cheese, and tater tot filled tortillas in a snowflake pan to create these beautiful Breakfast Burrito Snowflakes.
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup lard or shortening
- ¾ cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- 6 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream or milk
- 1/8 teaspoon lemon juice*
- salt and pepper
- 6 tablespoons cooked sausage
- 6 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
- 12-18 crispy crown tater tots or mini tater tots
- sour cream, guacamole, salsa
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and blend with a fork or whisk.
Add half of the lard and use a pastry cutter to cut the lard into the flour.
Add the remaining lard and continue to cut it into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Slowly pour in the water stirring as you go until the dough comes together. Add at least ¾ of a cup of the water then only add any remaining water as needed.
Knead the dough on a flour dusted cutting board until the dough is no longer sticky and comes together in a cohesive ball then cover the dough and set aside for 10-20 minutes.
Melt butter in a non-stick 10 inch skillet over medium heat.
Whisk together 5 whole eggs and 1 egg yolk with the heavy whipping cream, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Set aside the remaining egg white for use later.
Pour the egg mixture into the hot pan and continuously scrape the sides and bottom of the pan.
Once the eggs begin to solidify, turn the heat down to low.
Cook just until the eggs set. Immediately remove from the pan and allow to cool.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut the dough into 6 equal portions.
Dust your work surface with flour.
Roll out one ball of dough into a large 8-10 inch circle.
Drape the dough over one snowflake cavity in the non-stick pan allowing the dough to form the snowflake shape.
Fill with 1/6th of the eggs, sausage, cheese, and tater tots.
Fold the dough over the filling, cutting off any excess dough and pinching the seams together.
Brush egg white over top of the dough.
Repeat filling the remaining 5 snowflakes.
Bake for 24-28 minutes until the tops of the dough turn lightly golden brown.
Turn the snowflake burritos out onto a cooling rack and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
Serve with sour cream, guacamole, and or salsa if desired.
To ensure your eggs do not turn green when baked for about 25 minutes in the oven it's best to add a small amount of lemon juice to the eggs before scrambling. Be sure you don't overcook the eggs. If they are a a little bit wet when spooned into the tortilla dough that will be fine.
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