Some recipes are so good that they deserve a second look AND better pictures.
This is the case with the Taco Pockets I made on Day 295 of the 365 Days of Baking.
I was in a rush to go to a Christmas party and I was bringing them as an appetizer.
So, if you're one of the people bringing an appetizer it's best to be on time if not a bit early to the party, you would think.
The pictures were shot sort of haphazardly and the instructions were good, but I'd really like to do them justice today.
It's a recipe I really think you should consider serving when you have people over for Game Day, a potluck, or are feeding a large crowd. They're a really great finger food (ok, some stuffing may fall out, but it's nothing you can't pick up with a fork), the recipe makes a lot AND for those big guys feeling all testosteronish wanting to show off after their team scores a touchdown, they can impress the ladies by shoving a whole one into their mouth!
Well, it's better than one of those corny pick-up lines, isn't it?
"Did you fart, 'cause you blew me away!"
Yeah, that would be a big fat no to neither, actually.
I do have to warn you that these aren't something that can be made quickly, like when you're in a rush to go to a Christmas party. haha
Just be patient and everything will all come together.
Good things take time, ya know.
Don't worry though, they won't take you that long to make. It's not like it's an all-day affair or nuthin'.
I'm just strongly suggesting you don't wait one hour before you're planning to serve them to start the prep work.
And still some pictures are nearly as bad as the first post. :-/
Well, A for effort, I suppose, right?
Taco Pockets - makes 32 (we'll eat at least 3-4 per person for a meal and then there's plenty left over for the next day's lunch!)
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, minced
3 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning
1/2 cup water
8 slices PepperJack cheese
2 cans (8 oz. each) 8 count crescent rolls
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink, crumbling while cooking.
Drain the fat and return to pan.
Add onion and cook until soft.
*This is the way I cooked it in the first recipe which surprised me. I usually cook the onion first until it's translucent and then add the ground beef to the pan. I don't think it makes a difference either way, so do it however you choose.*
Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer while preparing crescents.
On a piece of parchment paper, unroll one package of crescents. You can also do this on a clean surface, I just found that it contained the slight mess a little bit better and made for easy clean-up. YAY me!
Cut each triangle in half, so that you have two smaller ones. Don't worry, they won't be symmetrical, but it'll still work.
Gently separate them and arrange on parchment so that they are easy to access.
Stack the slices of cheese and cut them diagonally so that they form four stacks of smaller triangles.
Fold the points of the dough over, so that it comes together like a diaper, pinching the dough as the pieces come together to secure.
They will not all look like a baby's diaper. Some of the pockets will not look anything like a baby's diaper, but that's ok. Because the triangles are not the same size, some will be easier to put together than others, mainly the larger ones, like the one pictured above. With those, I was able to fold the top of the triangle all the way over to the bottom and then fold the two sides over, pinching them into the middle strip.
The longer, thinner ones I found I just wrapped the two ends all the way over the other side.
Confused? I am. I'm trying to explain it so that it helps you, but I may have overdone it.
Some stuffing will fall out, just stick it back in.
Repeat with remaining ingredients and second package of crescents.
I rate everything I make on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the best and these Taco Pockets earned 3 1/2 rolling pins.
Even though they aren't the best things in the world for us considering they aren't completely made from scratch, I really do like making meals with crescent rolls.
I like the taste, I like that they're easy to use, and they're fun when using them in recipes.
So, shoot me.
I know, I am a big proponent of making things from scratch and not eating stuff that's processed, but sometimes I do make that exception.
Just know that there are options out there.
And yes, you could make your own dough for these, but I didn't want to.
I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!