It is official, we are entering the Christmas season.With Thanksgiving behind us, it is time to take down our turkeys & cornucopias and replace them with stockings & Christmas wreaths. It is also time to break out all our favorite holiday recipes & Christmas crafts. This is a very exciting holiday season for us. Our daughter is older this year & is learning more about Christmas & all of the magic and wonder that comes with it. Lately, she has become mommy’s little helper & loves cooking and baking with me. I look forward to the next month of baking Christmas cookies & other Yuletide favorites with her.
Mai has always been a finicky eater. I agonize over planning meals. I have always tried to open her up to a wide variety of foods but she is very resistant. One trick that has always worked for me is wrapping full meals inside a crescent roll & then serving her bite sized pieces. My daughter is not a fan of meat other than ground turkey. I use this tactic to sneak in shredded chicken or beef & also vegetables. I have stuffed them with chicken & broccoli or with holiday leftovers such as turkey, stuffing & cranberry sauce.
One of my favorite holiday party platters takes any of these different combinations & puts it into a wreath form.
For this recipe, I chose a ground turkey taco wreath but as I said their are a number of possibilities that you can experiment with.
Ingredients are enough to make two to three wreaths. You can freeze unused portions.
1 lb ground turkey (ground beef will also work)
2-3 cans of large crescent rolls ( I used Pillsbury Grands)
1 taco seasoning packet
6 oz of cream cheese (softened)
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 a tomato (diced)
1 cup of frozen corn
1/3 cup of sliced black olives
2 cups of mexican cheese
Red & Green peppers for garnish
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350
In a large skillet, brown meat & drain. Add taco seasoning & follow package directions. Place aside.
In a large mixing bowl add cream cheese & sour cream. Mix well.
Add cooked meat mixture & mix well.
Stir in the corn, olives, cheese until evenly distributed throughout mixture. Mix in diced tomatoes last.
On a greased baking sheet, overlap crescent rolls in a circular pattern pointed side out. Pinch crescent together. Add mixture to the overlapping crescents following the circular pattern about an inch thick & an inch high.
Pull a crescent point in and fold over diagonally, pull each point in one at a time.
Slice peppers into tiny pieces & press into your wreath scattering them. Slice 4 long slices of red pepper to form your wreath bow. Repeat for each wreath.
Bake in the oven according to crescent recommendations for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cook times may vary according to oven.
Let cool & transfer to a serving dish & serve.
This is a delicious all in one meal. It is perfect to bring to holiday parties. The best part of all, my picky little lady loves them. I hope you enjoy.
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