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Beef ‘n’ Bean Braid

From Hotchkiss Colorado, Val O'Connell makes a big impression when she brings this beautiful loaf to a potluck. The hearty filling makes each slice a satisfying treat.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the butter, sugar, salt, egg and 1-1/2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic salt over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, water and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until thickened.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 16x11-in. rectangle. Transfer to a greased 15x10-in. baking sheet. Spread beef mixture down center of dough; sprinkle with cheese. On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips about 1/2 in. from filling. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling; seal ends. Cover and let rise until doubled, 30 minutes.
  • Brush egg over dough. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 393 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 696mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 24g protein.
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