Introduction: Southern Dinner Shells

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This tasty entree is fun to make, looks elegant, and feeds a crowd! Good for entertaining and cooks in under 20 minutes with few supplies. Makes 8 servings of 6-inch shells

Step 1: Supplies

For the Dinner Shells you will need:
3-4 cups Shredded Cheese
1-2 cans Refried Beans
Hot sauce
4 1/4 cup Jiffy baking mix or Bisquick
A little over 1 cup of water
2 Tablespoons Butter

You will also need these household cooking appliances:
Deep fryer or kettle with oil
Big Stirring Spoon
Measuring cup
Cutting Board or Countertop Space
Mixing bowl
Serving plates and silverware
Cooktop stove

Step 2: Warm It Up

Set the deep fryer to 375'

Put the Butter in the water and start it to boil

Measure 4 1/4 cups of prefered baking mix into large mixing bowl and prepare for hot water transfer

Step 3: Mix It Up

Once the water is boiling take and pour it over the dry mix.

Stir with spoon until dough ball develops.

The dough ball will be hot

Step 4: Knead It Up

Spread a even layer of baking mix on your counter or cutting board to prevent the dough from sticking.

Be sure to get some baking mix on your hands as well

Once dough ball is cool enough to touch, grab it out of your bowl and set it on you surface.

Knead the dough about 10 times, folding it in half and pressing down each time.

The dough should look and feel very smooth (see picture below)

Mold the dough into a rectangle for cutting

Step 5: Set It Up

Cut the dough lengthwise in half, and then widthwise into 8 sections

Separate the sections and flatten them into circular shapes with your palm (be sure to wash you hands)

Scoop about 1/3-1/4 cup of beans into the center of a section

Top off with a sprinkling of cheese and hot sauce

Fold dough over beans, cheese, and sauce making a shell-like shape.

Pinch the edges down to seal the shell

Cut off excess dough and slit the top with a knife for even cooking

Step 6: Cook It Up


Insert your finished shell into the deep fryer and cook for about 3 minutes

After cooking, the shells should be a Brazilian tan

Carefully take them out, being sure not to burn yourself, strain off extra oil and serve!

Step 7: Finish It Up

Enjoy them.

The dish goes well with a taco salad or taco soup.

Has a very pleasant taste and a good comfort food.

You can add more or less sauce depending on your desire for spiciness