Monday, November 14, 2011

Keto Tacos

Oh man oh man.

Ok so I LOVE tacos, I love them so much that when my wife asks what I want for dinner she knows I will most likely say tacos.
Tacos are on my no list now because of the shells.
I am sad.
However while browsing Reddit yesterday I came upon an invention that may change my life, Keto Tacos!

It turns out you can make a perfect taco shell from a slice of provolone cheese.
the process is easy, simply put a slice of provolone cheese in the microwave for about 55 to 65 seconds on a piece of parchment paper (I used a Silpat and then eventually nothing as the glass is nonstick).
Allow it to cool for a moment then pull it out and form it, I used a 1 inch diameter candy thermometer sleeve suspended between two cups to drape mine over as they cooled and hardened.

It took a few tries and some were not perfect by a long shot, the price is of course higher than store bought taco shells and I have not yet perfected the CRUNCHY shells I want though some were darn close.

Few things I learned.

  • make one at a time, seems like it takes more time, but trust me, one at a time or you will be sorry.
  • Line the bottom of the taco with something, I prefer shredded cheddar, otherwise the hot meat heats up the shell again and you get a breakout in the bottom of the shell.
  • The cheese is hot, amazingly hot, like napalm, if it sticks to you, it burns, there is no stopping it, do not let it stick to you.
  • Keeps plenty of paper towels handy, while the provolone is rather light on grease this method does release a lot of it.
We really enjoyed these and they make perfect sized tacos for all of us, even helps cut our portion size a bit.
We added shredded romaine lettuce, shredded cheddar and taco sauce and sour cream to ours. Add what you wish.

And the shells themselves.

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