Friday, September 17, 2010

FLIP FLOP #1 Navajo Tacos/Elephant Ears or Scones

It is so nice to find a recipe that can serve two functions instead of just one. These are the recipes I like to refer to as "flip-flop" recipes. You can use it once, then turn around and use it again for a different recipe. This meal is a quick one that you can use when you have some extra ground beef you want to use and you don't want "normal" tacos. Sometimes you just want something different. You can easily do it vegetarian by omitting ground beef and substituting refried beans (as in the picture above). Here is a recipe for Navajo tacos (Indian Fry Bread) that my family loves. Use enough of the dough for your family's tacos and use the leftover dough to make scones or elephant ears. If you stretch them out and fry them they are elephant ears (that was what we called them in the midwest). They are delicious and taste different enough that you can have them in the same meal!!!

Indian Fry Bread (Navajo Tacos)

4 C freshly ground or sifted whole wheat flour
1 tsp dough enhancer
2 tsp gluten
3 tsp baking powder
½ C powdered milk
1 ½ tsp sugar
1 ½ C hot water

Add all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Knead for about five minutes. Divide into 8 equal segments. One by one, stretch each segment very thin with your hands. (they are even better if they have a few small holes) Fry in hot oil (I like it medium hot) until golden brown one side, turn it over and fry the other side until golden brown. Top with taco toppings such as ground beef flavored with taco seasoning, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, sour cream.

**V**Omit ground beef and serve with refried beans.

HINT: Make the last 2-3 into elephant ears!!!

Elephant Ears:

Make Indian Fry Bread dough and fry until golden brown on each side. Smother generously with butter on both sides. Coat in either a mixture of cinnamon sugar on both sides or powdered sugar…both are DELICIOUS!!!


Don't stretch them as much. Separate them into dough balls, whatever size you desire. Mold them into rectangles, fry and serve the same as above.

Family Fun:
Let your kids stretch their own dough. Be sure you are there to fry them up for them because hot oil is DEFINITELY not something for kids to be around. After it is fried, let them add their own toppings and later, let them butter and sugar their own elephant ears. They will love this!!!

We have soccer again tomorrow morning...we'll be thawing out muffins and having them for a quick breakfast on the go!!!

About the meeting last night: I will review my notes and try to do an entry for those with
Celiac's Disease. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email He is the doctor who conducted the meeting. It was very informative and I learned a lot.

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