Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Taco Ring

This is what's for dinner tonight, the night I started my recipe blog. This is a modern meal that serves a family of five. Not the heart healthiest, but a promises to please the kids.

This recipe is a FAVORITE from one of my other PW boards. This is a GREAT dinner for kids. Its a variation on the taco theme, and can be fun for the kids to help assemble!


Ingredients: (as with many recipes, your ingredients can be tinkered with. And ground meat works, and I bet crushed tofu would too. I often add corn to the meat mix as well)
~1lb ground beef
~2 cans refrigerated croissants dough
~taco seasoning (any brand will do)
~grated cheese (cheddar, Monterrey jack, or "Mexican" mix - use whatever you like)
~Picante sauce

Prepare the ground beef according to the directions on the taco seasoning. Heat the oven to the specified time on the croissant package.

While the taco meat is simmering, prepare the "ring"... see assembly pictures below. Open both cans of croissants and separate each piece. Create a "star" pattern with the croissants on a pizza stone or other similar type of pizza pan... I use a small cup in the center as the base and lay the short flat edge of the croissant about 1 inch up the cup, then just continue to overlap the pieces all around the cup until you have used all the pieces... make sure there are no open spaces along the base.
Flatten the center of the ring to create a base for the filling.... then working quickly, scoop the taco meat onto the base you've created.... layer cheese on top of the meat... then close the ring by pulling the long ends of the croissants up and over the meat and cheese. Make sure the filling is completely sealed inside the croissants... remove the cup and smooth the croissants along the ridge... place in oven and cook for according to the directions on the croissant package.

When fully cooked the crust will be a light golden brown. I let it sit for 2-3 minutes before cutting so the breading has time to "set". We use a pizza cutter to cut into the ring. Use the sour cream and Picante as a topping if you wish.


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