Red, white, and blue themed fruited taquitos using canned bluebberry and cherry pie fillings, rolled up in flour tortillas, and baked until golden brown. Served with a dusting of powdered sugar and drizzled with syrup. Great for July 4th celebration!
If you are on Pinterest looking at food with any regularity, you must have come across a recipe by Jo from Jo Cooks for Apple Pie Taquitos. Jo wraps canned apple pie filling in soft tortillas, brushes them with melted butter, rolls them in cinnamon sugar, then bakes them until lightly golden. Although I have never made her taquitos, they looked incredible! After seeing Jo's recipe pop up again this week, I was inspired to come up with one for July 4th using a similar concept.
With the red, white, and blue color scheme in mind, I decided to use blueberry and cherry pie filling. Like Jo, I went with the canned stuff. If you want to make your own, feel free, but I'm taking the easy road this time. Ideally, I would have liked to use strawberry instead of cherry pie filling, but the former is not always stocked at my grocery store. Besides, it doesn't really matter which type of fruit, it's the red color that is important.
Canned pie fillings tend to be syrupy. I separate a portion of the syrup from the fruit component to drizzle over the taquitos after they are baked. Filling the tortilla shells is not an exact science. While over stuffing is not recommended, how much pie filling to place on the shells is a matter of personal preference. Use less for slender taquitos and more for fuller ones. I use about 2 heaping tablespoons of filling per taquito. It produces a fuller looking roll. One thing that did happen while baking was the pie filling oozed out of the ends. Fortunately, it was an easy fix. I was able to push them back in using a butter knife. For the white portion of this themed dessert, I sprinkle the taquitos with powdered sugar. To serve, drizzle the reserved syrup on top.
Although these treats did not come out completely like the colors of the flag, they are red, white, and blue enough to use as a patriotic celebration of Independence Day. The blueberry syrup has a bit of a purplish hue. Nonetheless, the taquitos are crowd-pleasing and easy to make. They went over tremendously well when I served them to the gang. This is another keeper at my house! In fact, my husband liked the blueberry ones so much, he requested them again today, for Father's Day! With that, I hope all you fathers or fatherlike figures out there had a wonderful day!
In parting, I realize I'm a couple of weeks early, but have a fun and safe July 4th holiday weekend!
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