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Ground Beef a la King

Instead of using puff pastry shells, this tasty dish can be served over mashed potatoes.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen puff pastry shells
  • 1 pound fresh baby carrots, cut in half
  • 1-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Bake pastry shells according to package directions. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the carrots and 1 cup of water. Cover and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, mushrooms and shallots over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Combine flour and broth until smooth. Add the broth mixture, tomato paste, wine, tarragon, salt, pepper and remaining water to beef mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Drain carrots; add to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove top of pastry shells; fill with beef mixture.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 481 calories, 23g fat (6g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 836mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    Jul 29, 2018

    I don't know what I did wrong. I followed the steps exactly except to omit the mushrooms and I cut the entire recipe in half. Maybe the red wine I used wasn't dry enough? I don't know. The flavor just wasn't there. We wound up having to add additional salt (which I almost never do). I'd consider trying this again with a different wine, maybe add in an additional vegetable to replace the mushrooms. But as-is, I wasn't impressed.

  • Francisca3032
    Feb 28, 2012

    This recipe is great. The red wine made it just delicisous. I will definitely be making this again. The whole family loved it.