Puff Pastry with ground beef filling, perfectly crispy and crunchy appetizer or evening snack…
Without a doubt, December is my favorite month. My mom, my sis, most of my cousins, aunts and I were born in December and this is the month when everyday will be seen in holly jolly festive mood. Last week, I had a few days off from work and I thoroughly enjoyed my holidays. I hosted a party for my friends and family and Yes, I did cook up a storm. I enjoy cooking for my dear ones and I find it hard to stop with one or two dishes. I will be tempted to make a huge spread and I love to surprise everyone.
One of the appetizers I’d made was ground beef puff pastry. It was a huge hit, even the kids loved it. Making puff pastry from scratch is not an easy task, so I went ahead and bought the store bought ones. I made a ground beef filling and stuffed the puff pastry with it, baked to golden in color and till it was puffed up.
The puffed up, melt in the mouth and crispy pastry layers along with the beef filling was irresistible and tasted delicious.
PS: I was so busy on that day, I couldn’t click a good picture. Tasted delicious, so I’m sharing the recipe with you all.
Egg puffs, recipe click here.
- Oil- 1 tbsp
- Ground beef- ½ lb
- Onions, chopped- 1
- Ginger-garlic paste- ½ tbsp
- Chili powder- 1 tsp
- Garam masala- ¾ tsp
- Coriander powder- 1 tsp
- Ground cumin- ½ tsp
- Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
- Salt- to taste
- Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
- Puff pastry- 3 sheets (thawed)
- Egg, beaten- 1
- Keep the frozen puff pastry on the kitchen counter top and let thaw for a couple of hours.
- Place a saucepan over medium heat, add oil.
- Add onion, season with salt and saute till translucent.
- Add ginger-garlic paste, saute till the raw smell goes away and the onions turn golden in color.
- Add ground beef, combine well and break any lumps that's formed.
- Cook covered till the pink color disappears.
- Add chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder, ground cumin and salt. Combine well and cook till the ground beef turns slightly browned. Stir fry till all the liquid has dried off, the filling should be dry.
- Finally, add cilantro and saute for a minute.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, let cool down.
- Cut the puff pastry sheet vertically into 3 equal rectangles. (If it's a larger sheet cut into equal rectangles accordingly)
- Cut each rectangle into two equal halves (you get 2 small rectangles).
- Place 1 tbsp of ground beef filling onto the center of the smaller rectangle and fold the pastry over the filling. Wet your fingers with water and paste the edges together.
- Using a fork, gently press the fork on the edges of the puff pastry to get a nice fork impression.
- Beat the egg in a small bowl.
- Dip a pastry brush in the beaten egg and spread over the pastry with the beef filling.
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Place the puff pastry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Keep on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or till the puff pastry has turned crispy and golden in color.
- Remove from the oven, let cool down a bit and serve warm.