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Beef Pepper Rice Mini Pies

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Goldfish crackers are the perfect snack for anytime, but most especially on the go. Whether you’re sitting on a park bench with your kids or taking a quick snack break after school, reaching for Goldfish crackers is so simple. They are so readily available and I found mine at Walmart where they are currently on Rollback! Score!  They have so many different varieties but we like to buy the great big 30oz cartons. Really they are a win-win for parents and kids.

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That’s because aside from eating them as a snack, I like to cook with them. I’ve used them for so many things but my very favorite way to use them is crushed up with butter and turned into a pie shell. Yep, that’s right. The best part is that as a pie shell, they can be filled with just about any deliciously savory item you can think of.

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The Goldfish crackers add a rich, cheddar flavor and are absolutely delicious. We have made them with several different types of Goldfish crackers, including the Pretzel and the Whole Grain Goldfish crackers. The next time I make this, I will be using the Goldfish crackers Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar.

This dish is super easy to make and requires just a few ingredients to make everything delicious.

Making the little Goldfish crackers mini pies is actually a lot of fun, and I get my teenagers involved in that process while I am making the filling. This gets everyone in the kitchen together which I love.

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You simply start by just crushing the goldfish crackers. Then you add the butter and blend again until it forms a sort of dough. Don’t worry if it doesn’t all mix perfectly. We dump it out in a bowl and knead it with our hand. Very fun indeed!

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Next, after spraying your muffin pan, you’re wanting to form a sort of “pie” in the muffin tin. Don’t make it too thin or it will fall apart when they cool and are removed.

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Bake them at 375 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. They shouldn’t be too soft when they come out, but they will be soft if you push on them a little. I look for separation from the side of the pan and then touch the center to be sure it’s not too soft. Allow them to completely cool in the pan.

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Once they are cool, remove them very carefully from the pan. They are fragile, so you don’t want to dump them, but just gently lift them. I turn them once in the muffin cup to make sure they are loose. Once your filling is complete, no matter what filling you are making, gently spoon it into each Goldfish crackers pie crust. Serve them with the filling still hot. Delicious!

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Beef Pepper Rice Mini Pies

Beef Pepper Rice Mini Pies

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

For Goldfish Cracker Pie Crust:

  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 ½ cups crushed Goldfish crackers

For Beef Pepper Rice Filling:

  • 1 lb. stew meat
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • salt, pepper and spices, to taste
  • 1 cup of uncooked minute rice
  • 1 cup of sauce of choice, we used a leftover tomato based beef gravy from another dish - but you can use spaghetti sauce, beef gravy or whatever

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

For Goldfish Cracker Pie Crust:

  1. Using a blender, crush your Goldfish crackers. Add the butter and blend until mixed. It will make a sort of "dough".
  2. Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Form your dough into a pie shape lining the muffin cups. (see photo) I pinch the top part so they are easier to remove when they are finished. If they are too thin, they will break apart, so go ahead and use a little more.

For Beef Pepper Rice Filling:

  1. Prepare the rice as directed on the box.
  2. In a large skillet brown beef in hot olive oil over medium-high heat with seasonings to taste.
  3. Once browned, remove the meat from the skillet and set aside.
  4. Add the sliced green peppers and chopped onions to the skillet, cook and stir 5 minutes or so. Return beef to skillet.
  5. Continue cooking about 10 minutes or so, until meat is thoroughly cooked.
  6. Stir in sauce and reduce heat to low for about 2-3 minutes or until sauce is hot.
  7. Toss Beef Pepper Mixture with the Rice, and spoon into individual Goldfish crackers mini pie crusts.
  8. Serve hot. Delicious!

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Whenever I finish a fun Goldfish crackers recipe, I try to tweet @GoldfishSmiles or tag them in a Facebook post. This lets them know the fun and creative ways I am using Goldfish crackers for more than just a simple snack. We love Goldfish crackers. What fun ways to you use Goldfish crackers or do you just eat them as is, as a snack?

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Liz

Saturday 24th of January 2015

Yum - thanks so much. Have a good weekend!

Amber Edwards

Wednesday 21st of January 2015

Oh those Goldfish crackers make an awesome crust! I think my family would love that for dinner. #client

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