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Mini Beef Tourtieres

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 15 min.

Makes

about 2-1/2 dozen

Here's a twist on the traditional tourtiere recipe. Ground beef replaces pork, and cream cheese pastry takes the place of pie pastry. The filled mini cups make a melt-in-your-mouth addition to a buffet. —Cheryl Bruneau, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mini Beef Tourtieres Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 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
  • Optional: Chopped tomatoes and additional minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese. Add flour, a little at a time, until a dough forms. Shape into a ball. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. 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 8 ingredients. Stir in bread crumbs to absorb meat juices. Let stand about 10 minutes.
  3. 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 crust on bottom and up sides of 30 ungreased mini-muffin cups, rerolling dough as needed.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Spoon 1 tablespoon filling into each prepared muffin cup. Bake until crust is golden, about 15 minutes. If desired, top with tomatoes and parsley.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 96 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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