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Zesty Burger Puffs

 Zesty Burger Puffs
I first tried these puffs while visiting a friend, who made them for her family as a treat during the Depression. When I see a new recipe, I like to experiment with it to make it my own. - Joyce, Wichita, Kansas
16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped jalapeno peppers
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add
  • flour and cornmeal all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms.
  • Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a
  • time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until
  • mixture is smooth and shiny. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 in.
  • apart onto a greased baking sheet.

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Directions (continued)

  • Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a
  • wire rack. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside.
  • Discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook the beef, jalapenos and onion
  • over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato
  • sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and extract. Simmer
  • for 30 minutes.
  • Fill puffs with beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese; replace tops.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Yield: 16 servings.
The puffs for Zesty Burger Puffs can be baked a day in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container. To reheat, place on a baking sheet; bake at 325° for 5 to 10 minutes. Split and remove soft dough. Fill with beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese; replace tops.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 195 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 93 mg cholesterol, 457 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.