Thursday, January 21, 2010

What's For Dinner?

Hellloooooo, party people! I'm starting a new weekly feature here at Deep Thoughts called, "What the F*&% Is For Dinner"? or "WTFIFD". This stroke of pure genius came to me after some friends requested the recipe for "Taco Pie". I'll be featuring simple (but simply DELICIOUS!) fare every Thursday as by this point in the week we're all about to lose our shit. Simplicity is also key because after the fourth glass of wine, complicated recipes have a tendency to end badly. Or so I've heard. *Nervous chuckle* Better yet, make 'em in the morning! That way you won't have any pesky cooking interfering with cocktail hour. Just throw 'em in the oven, uncork and unclench. Now that's what I'M talkin' about. SO. Here's the first selection! It comes to us courtesy of the Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbook, circa probably 1970. I can still picture the cover exactly as it featured the pie in question. 

Taco Pie

1 8 oz package crescent rolls
1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup smashed Fritos or tortilla chips (just estimate....don't sweat it....more or less will do)

Press crescent rolls into 9" pie plate. Meanwhile, brown meat, drain and add taco seasoning and cook according to package instructions. Place meat into pie crust. Top with sour cream, followed by cheese and chips. The original recipe calls for black olives as well but since they make me gag, I leave them off. Go for it if you'd like, but seriously.....ewwww. No offense. Bake @350 for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is all nice and bubbly.  

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make a bunch at a time and either pawn them off on your friends as I did last night or stick 'em in the freezer for a REALLY easy cooking day. If you're going to freeze them, get those tacky disposable pie pans 'cause they fit nicely in a gallon freezer bag. Oh yeah, and don't bake 'em until AFTER you take them out of the freezer. Duh.

Oh yeah, and you can have chopped tomatoes, salsa and guacamole on the side. That'll really throw your family off. Oh, and congratulate your brilliance and celebrate with a margarita. Ole!

PS If you're watching the ol' waistline, you can get "reduced fat" crescent rolls, use low-fat sour cream, reduced fat cheese and baked chips. Obviously not as good but better than most "diet food".

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