Monday, April 1, 2013

Cobblestone Pizza Bake and Taco Bake

This has become one of my kids favorites and one that they can make on days where they want to help in the kitchen! This recipe is so versatile. You can play around with what meats you like, what veggies you like and even turn it into a taco pizza (which is my 12 year old sons favorite)! 

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 lb. ground Italian sausage
1 jar pizza sauce (14-15 oz)
2 tubes (12 oz. each) buttermilk biscuits
8 oz sliced mushrooms (I use baby bella)
1 bell pepper sliced in strips longways (I use yellow or orange)
2 cups shredded pizza cheese 

Preheat oven to 400.
Grease 13x9 inch baking dish.
In a large pan, cook both meats until  browned and drain well.
Stir in pizza sauce.
Cut biscuits into fourths and place in the baking dish, slightly pressing down to kinda form a crust. 
Top with meat mixture.
Top with veggies. 

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake 5-10 minutes longer until cheese is melted and golden.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


For the taco version which is my sons favorite as you can see below!!

The cooking method is pretty much the same just change up the ingredients!

2 lb. ground turkey (you can use beef I prefer the turkey in taco)
4 Tbs. taco seasoning* recipe below (using the water it calls for)
1/2 cup to 1 cup of queso sauce or salsa depending on your preference

Cook this up and use in place of the meat/sauce mixture above. I usually omit the mushrooms but keep the bell pepper and also use Monterrey jack/ cheddar cheese in place of the pizza cheese. Other than those few changes it is the same! 

Taco seasoning* (you can use 2 packets of taco seasoning if you prefer)

1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container. Yields about 2 3/4 tablespoons.
To use: Use about 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning for every 1 pound of meat. Use more or less depending on your preference. Brown meat and drain the fat. Add your taco seasoning along with about 1/2 cup of water. Simmer and stir until water is absorbed. If you want more of a sauce throw in about 2 tablespoons of flour with the water.



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