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Mini Beef Tourtieres

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 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
  • Optional: Chopped tomatoes and additional minced fresh parsley


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Editor's Note
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
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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