Monday, June 10, 2013

Navajo Tacos with Homemade Scones

This is a recipe that is requested often at our home and is a staple for whenever we have company over.  We served these last night and had a young man who had never had them before...he's from Louisiana, so he knows all about beignets (which is pretty much the same thing as a scone).  And so, instead of piling all the ingredients on top of the scones he opened up the top and stuffed them full...gotta say, it looked pretty delicious that way!  And I think he probably ate 4 of them!:)

Don't let the homemade scones scare you off.   They are really easy to make & are delicious!  This recipe makes a lot, but they are great leftovers and can also be frozen after they are fried and taste just as good warmed up.  My family likes to make some smaller sized ones and toss them in a bag with some powdered sugar, or slather them with honey butter.  They are also good with jam and are to DIE FOR with a little nutella spread on top!

Navajo Tacos with Homemade Scones
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Scones:
2 tablespoons yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups warm water
2 eggs
7-8 cups flour

For Navajo Tacos:
Scones
Chili ( Heres a great homemade recipe, or canned)
shredded cheddar cheese
lettuce
sour cream
sliced tomatoes
sliced olives

To make the scones:
Dissolve the yeast in the 1/2 cup of warm water.  While yeast is "growing", combine the butter, salt, sugar, water, eggs and 4 cups of the flour.  Mix in blender using the whisking beaters until smooth.  Change out the beaters for your dough arm and add the remaining flour until a soft, slightly sticky dough forms.  I gauge this by when the dough "cleans" the sides of my bosch.

You can put the dough in the fridge at this point if you are making it a head of time and just pull it out a half hour to 45 minutes before you are ready to fry them, or you can just start rolling them out and frying them right away.

Divide the dough in half and spray counter/rolling area with cooking spray (I think this works better than flouring your surface and it's a lot easier to clean up!) and roll dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick.  Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into horizontal strips about 3" across and then do the same vertically.

Fry them in 350 degree oil until browned on both sides.  Watch them carefully...they brown quickly!  Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.

To assemble your Navajo taco:
Place scone(s) on bottom of plate.  Ladle hot chili on top of scones.  Top with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and olives.

Dig in!

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