Flaky puff pastry cups stuffed with ground meat and topped with grated cheese… Mmmm, yummy! These mini savory pies are absolutely delicious and very easy to prepare. Of course, if you decide to use store-bought puff pastry and not to make it from scratch. Puff pastry is not difficult to prepare but it takes time because it must be chilled several times and I prefer to send my husband to buy puff pastry. With very detailed instructions :).
But let’s get back to our meat stuffed puff pastry cups.
So, the first step is to buy puff pastry and thaw it.
Meanwhile we can prepare the filling. I used pork but you can also use ground beef, chicken or turkey. Any meat is good.
The next step is to roll out the puff pastry and divide it into 10 x 10 cm (3.93 x 3.93 in) squares.
Place the puff pastry squares into a muffin tin and bake at 200 °C (392 °F) for about 5-7 minutes (until the pastry puffs up).
Then add the filling, top with grated cheese and continue to bake for another 12-15 minutes (or until golden brown).
These meat stuffed puff pastry cups are absolutely delicious and make the perfect appetizer for parties. You have to give them a try!
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The recipe makes 24 meat stuffed puff pastry cups.
Ingredients for meat stuffed puff pastry cups.
– 800 gr (1.76 lbs) frozen puff pastry
– 600 gr (1.32 lbs) ground meat
– 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
– 1 onion
– 1 red bell pepper
– 4-5 garlic cloves
– 2 tablespoons tomato paste
– 1 bunch fresh parsley
– 1 teaspoon dried thyme
– salt and pepper to taste
– 200-250 gr (7.05-8.81 oz) grated cheese
How to make meat stuffed puff pastry cups
Thaw the puff pastry.
Meanwhile prepare the filling.
Finely chop the onion and place it into a skillet along with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Cook , stirring constantly, until glossy. Add the red bell pepper cut into small strips and continue to cook, stirring often, until soft. Add the ground meat and continue to cook until the neat changes color. Season with salt, pepper and dried thyme. Add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and crushed garlic and stir to combine. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced. Remove from heat and add chopped parsley. Allow to cool.
How to shape the puff pastry cups.
If you have only 1 sheet of puff pastry you should divide into 2 sheets because is easier to work with smaller pieces of dough.
Place 1 sheet of dough onto the working surface and roll it out into a 30/40 cm (11.81/15.7 in) rectangle. Cut into 10/10 cm (3.9/3.9 in) squares. You should obtain 12 squares.
Place the puff pastry squares into a muffin tin and prick them with a fork.
Place the muffin tin into the preheated oven an bake at 200 °C (392 °F) for about 5-7 minutes (until puff up).
Remove from the oven and use a fork or a spoon to push down the bottom if each puff pastry cup. Fill the puff pastry cups. You should gently press the filling into the cups. Top with grated cheese and continue to bake at 200 °C (392 °F) for another 12-15 minutes (or until golden brown).
Repeat with the remaining sheet of dough.
Serve warm or cold as a snack or as an appetizer.
These meat stuffed puff pastry cups are awesome!
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