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Mexican-Style Beef Crescents

Mexican-Style Beef CrescentsThese Mexican-style beef crescents will go over big as winning appetizer at your next get-together.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (12-ounce) package refrigerated or frozen fully-cooked ground beef crumbles
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack pepper cheese
1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
2 tablespoons apple juice
1 1/4 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 (15-ounce) packages refrigerated prepared pie crusts (3 crusts)
1 large egg beaten wtih 1 teaspoon water

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400°F (205°C). If using frozen beef crumbles, defrost according to package directions. Combine beef, cheese, cranberries, juice, cumin and garlic powder in bowl.
  2. Cut each pie crust into 12 wedges (36 total). Place 1 level tablespoon beef mixture on wide end of each wedge. Beginning at wide end, roll up wedges; curve ends to form crescents.
  3. Place crescents 1-inch apart on greased baking sheets; brush tops lightly with egg wash.
  4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 36 appetizers.

Tips:

  • One pound of fresh ground beef can be substituted. Cook in skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is not pink; drain well.
  • To make crescents ahead: Cook as directed. Wrap tightly and freeze up to 2 weeks.
  • To reheat, place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake in 350°F (175°C) oven 12 to 13 minutes or until heated.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Texas Beef Council and Beef It's Whats For Dinner.