Mini Beef Tourtieres
These appetizers are a slight twist on the conventional tourtiere recipe. Ground beef replaces the traditional pork for a subtler taste, and with cream cheese pastry taking the place of pie pastry, these mini tourtiere melt in your mouth. They're a wonderful addition to the appetizer menu during the Christmas season and beyond. They're a time-saver, too—while the dough chills, you can prepare the filling. —Cheryl Bruneau, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Total TimePrep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 15 min.
Makesabout 2-1/2 dozen
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried savory or sage
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- Dash salt
- Dash pepper
- 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
- Chopped tomatoes plus additional minced fresh parsley, optional
- Cream butter and cream cheese. Add flour, a little at a time, until a dough forms. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
- Meanwhile for filling, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion; cook, crumbling meat, until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more. Add the next eight ingredients. Stir in bread crumbs to absorb meat juices. Let stand about 10 minutes.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-3/4-in. round biscuit or cookie cutter. Press dough onto bottom and up sides of 30 ungreased mini muffin cups, re-rolling dough as needed.
- Preheat oven to 375°. Spoon 1 tablespoon filling into prepared mini muffin cups. Bake until crust is golden, about 15 minutes. If desired, top with tomatoes and parsley.