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Weekday Beef Stew

Beef stew capped with flaky puff pastry adds a little surprise and joy to the weeknight menu. Make a salad and call your lucky companions to the table. —Daniel Anderson, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated beef roast au jus
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen vegetables for stew
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/4 cups water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Unfold puff pastry. Using a 4-in. round cookie cutter, cut out 4 circles. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 14-16 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, shred beef with 2 forks; transfer to a large saucepan. Add tomatoes, vegetables and pepper; bring to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into beef mixture. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  • Ladle stew into 4 bowls; top each with a pastry round.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups with 1 pastry round: 604 calories, 25g fat (8g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 960mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 9g fiber), 32g protein.
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