Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Low Carb Tacos

Before we went on this low-carb, grain-free diet, we ate tacos every Friday.  Needless to say, our family really loves tacos.  So we have been missing our Friday taco nights.  I got this idea from one of my low-carb cookbooks.  It does take some time since you have to make the taco shells one at a time, so make sure you either make them ahead of time or leave yourself plenty of time to make dinner.
You will need LOTS of shredded cheese (about 1/4 cup for each shell), coconut oil, a nonstick skillet (about 6-8 inches), a good quality spatula, and a spoon.
Also, you will need to get a taco shell-cooling station ready before you start.  You'll need a tray or rimmed baking sheet, a sturdy book (the spine should be an inch or so thick) and aluminum foil.  Cover the tray with aluminum foil.  Then set the book up on the tray as shown.  Cover the book with aluminum foil.  And I mean cover it well.  You don't want grease dripping all over it.  You'll end up with a mess and a ruined book.
Start heating your oil in the skillet on medium to medium high heat.  Once the skillet is good and hot, drop about 1/4 cup of shredded cheese in.
Once the cheese starts to get brown on the bottom, flip it over.  I found that it really helps to put the spatula in one hand, and a wooden spoon in the other hand to help get the cheese on the spatula.
Let it cook on the other side for a few minutes.  Then it's ready to take out of the skillet.  Using your spatula and spoon (careful not to touch the cheese!) drape the fried cheese circle over your aluminum foil-covered book.
Let it dry/cool for at least 5 minutes.  The cheese will harden into a taco shell shape as it cools.  You can start making the next shell while the first one cools.
Once the shells are cooled off, start adding taco fillings as you would with regular tacos.
I made us 3 taco shells each, but it turns out they are really filling so we probably could have done with 2 each.  I was really pleased with the way these turned out!  They were really tasty.  I thought the shells tasted a little like Cheezit crackers.  Either way, they were great and I will be making them again!

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