CINCO de MAYO
Mexican Butterfly Pizza with a Sculptured Cheese Top*
Here’s an idea for an easy dish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This is a fast, fun recipe that’s great to make with kids.
One Mexican pizza will make an entree for two, a side for eight, or appetizers for twelve to fifteen.
- 1/2 lb shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 lb ground beef
- 16 oz jar of salsa
- Packet of taco seasoning mix (optional)
- 4 tortillas
- ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold
The seasoning packet is optional. I only used about a tablespoon of it, sprinkled on the beef when cooking. Next time, I think that I’ll just mix the beef and salsa together .
1. I used whole wheat tortillas, you can also use corn or white flour tortillas. Place four overlapping tortillas on the serving plate.
2. Place the seasoned, cooked beef on the four overlapping tortillas.
3. Add salsa on top of the ground meat. You can also add a layer of cream cheese, guacamole, or salsa verde.
4. Press the shredded cheese into the Kaleidoscope Butterfly mold. This is great for kids to help with, as this job has ‘squish appeal’. Place the cheese-filled mold into a 350°F (177 °C) oven for a few minutes, watching carefully, as it melts fairly quickly. Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit and solidify. Caution: mold and cheese will be very hot .
Top off with the Butterfly cheese top. It will still hold it’s shape if you re-warm it.
Tip: Dab with a paper towel to remove excess oil from the melted cheese before placing it on the pizza.
So there you have it. Cute, fast and fun.
*What do butterflies have to do with Cinco de Mayo, you ask? Why we’re also celebrating the return of the monarch butterflies from Mexico! Yes, I know that this stylized swallowtail isn’t quite a mariposa monarca (it’s Mexican name), but this is a pretty ‘cheesy’ way to celebrate after all…
HAPPY CINCO de MAYO!
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