Beef Puffs

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Beautiful pastry encasing ground beef filling, packed with delicious spices. Re-create this Spanish-inspired Filipino staple in the comfort of your home!

Let's start cooking!

Dough formed

Step 1 - Make dough

  • In a mixing bowl, mix flour and 1 tsp salt together.

  • Add 2 Tbsp vegetable oil and stir by hand to coat flour in oil.

  • To the mixing bowl, rub in and break apart butter in the flour until no large pieces of butter are visible.

  • Add milk and 1 egg yolk into the bowl, mixing until dough comes together.

  • Place the dough onto a working surface and shape the dough into 2 cylinders.

  • Wrap each dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

Cooked beef filling

Step 2 - Make beef filling

  • In a pan on medium heat, heat up 2 Tbsp vegetable oil and stir-fry onion, beef, 2 tsp cumin powder, 2 tsp paprika powder, 2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp dried oregano and 1 tsp salt for 5 to 8 minutes until beef is completely cooked.

  • Set aside to cool.

You may substitute ground beef with ground chicken. Filling can be made ahead of time and chilled.
Stirred beef filling

Step 3 - Add spring onion, eggs and olives to beef filling

  • After cooling, stir the spring onions, eggs and olives into the meat.

  • Season to taste with salt if needed.

Pieces of dough rolled out

Step 4 - Preheat oven and divide dough

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C.

  • Unwrap the dough and slice each into 8 even pieces.

Trimmed dough

Step 5 - Trim dough

  • Roll out each piece and use a 6-inch round cutter to trim the edges.
If you do not have a round cutter, roll dough into a circle with a 6 inch diameter
Egg wash mixture brushed on edges of beef filled dough

Step 6 - Form beef puffs

  • Place 1 Tbsp beef filing into the centre of the dough and brush the edges of the dough with egg whites.
Edges sealed on folded dough

Step 7 - Seal filled pastry

  • Fold dough over the meat filling and use a fork to press and seal edges.
Egg yolk mixture brushed on the surface of sealed puff

Step 8 - Brush with egg wash and bake

  • In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and 1 Tbsp water until well mixed.

  • Place sealed puffs on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and gently brush the surface of each puff with egg yolk mixture.

  • Bake beef puffs for 30 minutes, until golden brown.

Plate and serve!

Baked beef puffs on a plate

Place baked beef puffs on serving dish and serve warm.

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