Beef keema puff pastry is a delicious snack that combines tender, flavorful beef mince with flaky puff pastry. They’re a classic appetizer in Pakistan and other South Asian countries. And our favourite childhood snack, we used to call ‘Patties’. You’ll find them served at afternoon tea or as a comforting meal on a cold winter night, but they’re also extra popular in Ramadan at the iftar table.
Table of Content:
- What Puff Pastry?
- How to make Beef keema Puff Pastry
- Ingredients you will need
- Keema Puff Pastry Recipe with steps
- Recipe Card
- Pro Tips
What is Puff Pastry?
Puff pastry is a type of pastry that is made by layering dough and butter together. The origins of puff pastry are not entirely clear. Making puff pastry involves rolling out a simple dough made from flour, water, and butter. The dough is then folded and rolled out multiple times, with a layer of butter added in between each fold. This creates layers of butter and dough, which puff up when baked in the oven.
Puff pastry can be used in various dishes, both sweet and savoury. It is commonly used in desserts such as croissants or McDonald’s apple pie. But it is also used in savoury dishes such as beef Wellington and chicken pot pie.
Perfect Ramadan Snack:
Beef keema puff pastry is a filling and satisfying snack that can help you feel full and energized during long days of fasting. The combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat makes it a balanced and nutritious snack.
It is a portable and convenient snack that can be eaten on the go. It’s easy to pack in a lunchbox or take with you on the way to the mosque for evening prayers, and it can be shared with family and friends during Ramadan. It’s easy to make a large batch to serve to guests or bring to an iftar gathering.
How to make this recipe:
Beef mince puff pastry is easy to prepare, filling and satisfying, portable and convenient, versatile and customizable.
It can be made by following these three easy and simple steps:
- Making of Beef keema filling
Ingredients you will need:
Beef mince puff pastry is quick and easy to prepare, making it an ideal snack for busy Ramadan evenings. With just a few ingredients, you can have a delicious and satisfying snack ready quickly. A few notes on ingredients:
Oil: You can use any oil you prefer, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or olive oil.
Qeema (Mince): Qeema, or minced meat, is the main ingredient in this recipe. You can use either beef or mutton mince, depending on your preference.
Ginger garlic paste: Use fresh ginger and garlic paste to add taste and aroma to your dish.
Coriander seeds (Dhania): They are roasted and crushed to release their aroma and flavour.
Namak (Salt): Salt is added to this recipe to enhance the flavour of the beef mince.
Red chilli crushed: Kuti Lal mirch, or red chilli flakes, add heat and spice to the meat.
Zeera (Cumin seeds): They are roasted and crushed to release their aroma and flavour.
Green chillies (Hari mirch): Add heat and flavour to this recipe. The amount used can be adjusted to your taste preference.
Hara dhania (Fresh coriander): Used as a garnish for this recipe. It adds a fresh and aromatic flavour to the beef mince puff pastry.
Pyaz (Onion): It is added in the last to give a crunchy touch to the meat mixture.
Puff pastry: Store-bought puff pastry is used as the outer layer for the mixture.
Beef Keema Puff Pastry Recipe:
Beef keema puff pastry is a versatile snack that can be customized to suit your tastes and preferences. You can add different vegetables, spices, or cheeses to the beef mince mixture to create various flavours. Here is a detailed breakdown of the recipe steps:
Step 1: Beef Qeema/Keema filling
In a frying pan, heat oil and add the beef mince (qeema). Mix well until the mince changes colour and is no longer pink. Add ginger garlic paste, chopped green chillies, roasted and crushed coriander and cumin seeds, salt, and red chilli flakes. Mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes until the spices are fragrant and the mince is cooked. Add chopped fresh coriander, and onion and mix well for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down.
Step 2: Assembling
Spoon a generous amount of the beef mixture onto each puff pastry square, leaving a small border around the edges to seal. Place the puff pastry squares on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the puff pastry squares with the egg wash.
NOTE: To make the eggwash, beat together an egg with 1-2 tbsp water.
Now, these puffs can be stored in an airtight container and frozen for up to 1 month. When it’s time to use them, just thaw them for an hour in a baking tray. Then simply bake them in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until they are heated and crispy.
Step 3: Baking
Bake the puff pastry squares in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown and puffed up—also, broil for 5 minutes for golden, crispy tops.
Variations of this recipe:
Beef mince puff pastry is a versatile dish that can be customized to suit your tastes and preferences. There are many variations of beef mince puff pastry that you can try to add some variety to the classic recipe. Here are some ideas:
- Beef and Vegetable Puff Pastry: Add diced carrots, peas, spinach, mushrooms and potatoes to the beef mince mixture for a hearty, filling meal.
- Chicken Puff Pastry: Use savoury chicken turnovers and mozzarella for a little pocket of heaven!
- Cheese Puffs: Add spicy cheese filling inside before folding the puff pastry squares for a cheesy twist.
- Italian Beef Puff Pastry: Add Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese to the beef mince mixture for an Italian-inspired flavour.
1. What shapes can we make?
Beef mince puff pastry can be shaped depending on your preference and occasion. Here are some common shapes:
- Vol-au-vents ( circles in a muffin tin)
2. How to make in an AIR FRYER?
Making beef mince puff pastry in an air fryer is a great way to enjoy a crispy and delicious snack without using too much oil—a great alternative to baking them in a traditional oven.
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Place the beef mince puff pastry in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between each one. Cook in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately!
NOTE: Just be sure to adjust the cooking time and temperature based on your air fryer’s instructions, as they can vary from model to model.
3. How to serve Beef Keema puff pastry?
Serve the beef keema puff pastry hot and fresh for the best flavour and texture. Try serving them with sweet and sour sauce, chilli sauce for a spicy kick, ketchup or mayo, green chutney, etc.
They are usually served as sides with Biryani, and korma, followed by the desserts like lotus Biscoff lasagne or creamy Fruit Chaat. Also, don’t forget to make my easy and refreshing drink, Roohafza mojito, alongside.
4. How to store, freeze and reheat them?
~Storing Beef Keema Puff Pastry:
If you have leftover beef mince puff pastry, it’s important to store it properly to keep it fresh. The best way to store puff pastry is to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminium foil and keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep well for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
~Reheating Beef Mince Puff Pastry:
To reheat the beef mince puff pastry, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the puff pastry on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until heated through and crispy. You can also reheat the puff pastry in the air fryer or microwave for 1-2 minutes, but the pastry may become soggy.
~Freezing Beef Mince Puff Pastry:
If you want to freeze the beef mince puff pastry, Line the brushed pastries on a baking sheet at least 1 inch apart and flash freeze for 2-3 hours. Then place in a ziptop bag and freeze or place it in an airtight container. The puff pastry will stay in the freezer for 2-3 months. Don’t forget to thaw before baking/ reheating.
5. How to keep them warm and crisp after baking?
Keeping beef mince puff pastry warm and crisp after baking is important to maintain its texture and flavour. Here are a few tips to help you keep your beef mince puff pastry warm and crisp after baking:
~Serve Immediately: Beef mince puff pastry is best served immediately after baking, while it’s still warm and crispy. As soon as they come out of the oven, transfer them to a serving platter and serve right away.
~Use a Chafing Dish: A chafing dish is a serving dish that keeps food warm. Place the baked puff pastry in a chafing dish and light the burner to keep them warm and crisp.
~Use an Oven: If you’re not ready to serve the beef mince puff pastry immediately, you can keep them warm and crisp in the oven. Place them in a baking dish and cover them with foil to prevent them from drying out. Set the oven temperature to the lowest (usually around 150-200°F) and keep the puff pastry in the oven until ready to serve.
~Reheat Before Serving: If the beef mince puff pastry has cooled down and lost its crispiness, you can reheat them in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes. This will help to restore their crispiness and warmth.
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Beef Keema Puff Pastry
Beef Keema Filling
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 250 gms Beef Keema
- 2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
- 1/2 tbsp Coriander seeds roasted & crushed
- 1 tsp Salt or to taste
- 1/2 tbsp Red chili crushed
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds roasted & crushed
- 1 tbsp Green chilies chopped
- 1/3 cup Fresh coriander chopped
- 1/3 cup Onion chopped
- 20 pieces Puff pastry sheets (small squares)
- 1/3 cup Egg wash (An egg+1 tbsp water)
Beef Qeema filling
- In a frying pan, heat oil and add the beef mince (keema). Mix well until the mince changes colour and is no longer pink.
- Add ginger garlic paste, chopped green chillies, roasted and crushed coriander and cumin seeds, salt, and red chilli flakes.
- Mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes until the spices are fragrant and the mince is cooked. Add chopped fresh coriander, and onion and mix well for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down
- Spoon a generous amount of the beef mixture(1 tbsp) onto each puff pastry square, leaving a small border around the edges to seal by pinching them with your fingers and fork.
- Place the puff pastry squares on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the puff pastry squares with the egg wash.
- Bake the puff pastry squares in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown and puffed up.
- Broil for 5 more minutes for golden and crispy tops.
- Serve the beef keema puff pastry hot and fresh for the best flavour and texture. Servew with ketchup or mayo, green chutney, etc.
- Let the beef mince mixture cool down before spooning it onto the puff pastry squares. If the mixture is too hot, it can cause the puff pastry to become soggy.
- Use a good quality puff pastry for the best results. Look for a brand that uses real butter with a high percentage of butter in the ingredients list.
- Make sure to seal the edges of the puff pastry squares well to prevent the filling from leaking out during baking.
- Serve the beef mince puff pastry hot and fresh for the best flavour and texture.
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