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Taco Braid Recipe

Taco Braid Recipe

This pretty braided sandwich loaf is a winner! My daughter entered the recipe in a state 4-H beef cooking contest and won a trip to the national competition. It seems to rate tops with most folks who taste it.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the butter, milk powder, egg, salt, remaining sugar and water and 1-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. In a large skillet, cook beef and mushrooms over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Set aside 1 tablespoon beaten egg. Stir remaining egg into beef mixture. Cool completely.
  • 4. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 15-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Place on a greased baking sheet. Spread filling lengthwise down center third of rectangle. Sprinkle with cheese and olives.
  • 5. On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips about 2-1/2 in. into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • 6. Brush with reserved egg. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 154 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 328 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.