Mincemeat Puff Muffins Magic!

by | Nov 22, 2023 | Appetizers, Dinner | 0 comments

Welcome, food enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into a mouth-watering recipe that combines simplicity with gourmet flair. Our Savory Mincemeat Puff Muffins are a testament to culinary creativity, perfect for cozy fall evenings or festive holiday gatherings. Let’s embark on this delicious journey together!

The Art of Perfect Puff Pastry

Achieving the perfect puff pastry texture is crucial for these muffins. The key is to keep the pastry cold before baking. Thaw it according to package instructions, but make sure it doesn’t get too warm. When you handle the dough, do so quickly and efficiently. This ensures that when your muffins hit the hot oven, the butter in the pastry creates those beautiful, flaky layers we all love. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit – the beauty of puff pastry is its forgiving nature, which makes it ideal for both beginner and experienced bakers.

Mincemeat Puff Muffins

Gathering Your Ingredients

First things first, let’s talk ingredients. You’ll need the basics like olive oil, a small onion, minced beef, and, of course, an eggplant. The stars of the show are the puff pastry squares and shredded mozzarella cheese. And let’s not forget the homemade béchamel sauce, adding a creamy touch to our muffins

Prepping the Béchamel Sauce for our Mincemeat Puff Muffins

To start, let’s make the béchamel sauce. Melt butter, whisk in flour, then slowly add milk. A pinch of freshly ground nutmeg elevates this simple sauce. Remember, constant stirring is key to avoid lumps!

The Mincemeat and Eggplant Fusion

Meanwhile, cook your minced beef with onions until browned and season with sea salt. Roasting the eggplant is a breeze, whether over a flame or in the oven. The combination of beef and eggplant creates a savory base for our puff muffins.

Crafting the Mincemeat Puff Muffins

Now, the fun part! Roll out your puff pastry and cut it into squares. Press these into a greased muffin pan. Layer in the beef, top with eggplant, and drizzle with béchamel. A generous sprinkle of mozzarella adds the perfect cheesy touch.

The Final Touches

Before baking, brush the pastry with egg yolk for that golden finish. Bake until the cheese melts and the pastry puffs into a golden-brown delight. The aroma itself is a treat!

Serving and Pairing Ideas for our Mincemeat Puff Muffins

Once baked, these puff muffins are a versatile dish that can be served in many ways. They’re perfect as an appetizer for a dinner party, or as a hearty snack on a lazy weekend. For a complete meal, pair them with a fresh green salad dressed in a light vinaigrette, or perhaps some roasted vegetables. If you’re feeling adventurous, try them with a dollop of tangy yogurt or a drizzle of spicy sauce. The possibilities are endless!

Make-Ahead and Storage Tips

One of the best things about these savory mincemeat puff muffins is that they can be made ahead of time. Prepare them up to the baking step, and then store them in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, simply bake them fresh. This makes them a fantastic option for meal prepping or for those times when you need a quick and impressive dish on short notice. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated, although they are best enjoyed fresh for that perfect puff pastry texture.

Mincemeat Puff Muffins

SAVORY MINCEMEAT PUFF MUFFINS

Classic puff pastry squares are filled with a delicious and savory ground beef and roasted eggplant mixture and topped with a beautiful cheesy filling that will delight your tastebuds. These look and taste quite fancy, but are actually so simple and easy to prepare. A perfect fall or holiday go-to recipe!
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: puff pastry, minced beef, eggplant, mozzarella, muffins
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Puff Muffins
Calories: 106kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 5 oz minced beef
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium eggplant roasted
  • 1 pkg frozen puff pastry (17.3 ounces) thawed according to package instructions
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 1 egg yolk

Bechamel Sauce

  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg freshly ground preferred
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F and lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan. Set aside.
  • Add olive oil to a small skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and sauté 3-4 minutes.
  • Add beef and cook until cooked through and browned. Season to taste with salt. Set aside.
  • Wrap eggplant with foil and heat over a medium flame on gas stove turning every 2-3 minutes with tongs until cooked through, approximately 12 minutes. Alternatively, poke holes with a fork, and roast at 400°F in oven turning once, 15-20 minutes depending on size.
  • Let eggplant cool and then peel and chop. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, add flour and butter. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slowly whisk in milk and mix well.
  • Cook stirring constantly 5-7 minutes or until béchamel sauce thickens. Add nutmeg and season to taste with salt.
  • Add chopped eggplant and combine. Set aside.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry dough with a rolling pin. Cut into 5” x 5” squares.
  • Place dough squares into the prepared muffin pan.
  • Evenly divide beef mixture into the 12 cups. Top with béchamel sauce and mozzarella cheese. 
  • Beat the egg yolk with a fork and using a pastry brush, lightly brush the pastry dough.
  • Bake at 400°F for approximately 10 minutes or until the mozzarella begins to melt and the puff pastry has turned golden brown.

Notes

The cook time can be between 30-45 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Conclusion: Ready to Enjoy!

And there you have it – Savory Mincemeat Puff Muffins ready to impress! Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just treating yourself, these muffins are sure to be a hit. Pair them with a light salad or enjoy them as a standalone dish. Happy cooking!

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