Meat, bean and cheese filled Sopapia's(Mexican type dinner, some what like a deep fat fried beerock only better!!!!)

Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours
Number of Servings: 6-8

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2# hamburger (Lean) browned
16 oz cheddar shreaded cheese (any type will do)
1 Can refried beans
Salsa or Picante (your choice)
2pks active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 cups scalded milk
2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cups shortening
2 tsp Salt
10-12 cups flour
Peanut butter

Directions:  First the bread: Mix both pks of dry yeast into the warm water adding a pinch of sugar. While yeast is growing scald the milk being careful not to burn it. Next mix the shortening and sugar in with the milk and allow it to cool to room temp. Next add the yeast and water into the milk (make sure the milk is not too hot or the yeast will DIE). Add slowly the 10-12 cups of flour to the milk mix, knead the dough and let rise until it doubles in size. Kneed and let rise again. While the bread is rising brown the hamburger seasoning it to your taste. Set it aside and let it cool. 20 - 30 minutes prior to dinner, roll out portions of dough into dinner plate size circles (aprox 8"-10" dia). On one half of this circle place 2 tbl spoons of meat, beans, or cheese (or all 3). finish by folding the other half of the circle of dough over and crimping very well the edges shut. It should look some what like a turnover. When you have most of the sopapia's rolled out and filled, start deep fat frying them at 375 Deg. until browned flipping them over once. Drain on paper towels. Serve when hot being carefull of the temp. We usually break them open and add salad, salsa or picante sauce. You can even make them with just peanut butter inside, however be very careful of the temp as peanut buter is like molten steel when it comes out of the deep fat frier so let them cool off a while.

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Submitted By: Terry Webb of Dodge City, KS
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Original Source of Recipe: Unknown
Date Submitted: 8/26/2003 11:46:39 PM