Recipes
Spicy Beef Samosas

Just the right amount of spices and herbs makes these samosas -- triangular, east-Indian pastries -- deliciously robust. Although traditional samosas are deep fried, I think you'll agree that this puff pastry variation is every bit as delicious.

Ingredients
1  medium onion, minced
1/2  of a medium green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground {cumin}
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup water
1  hard boiled large egg, finely chopped
1/3 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 package (17.3-ounce) frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed for 30 minutes
1  large egg, lightly beaten
Directions
In a large nonstick skillet sauté onion, bell pepper, ground beef, curry powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in olive oil until lightly browned. Add water and simmer, covered, until meat is cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool. Fold in the chopped boiled egg, chopped raisins, and mint.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Roll out 1 puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface to a 14x10-inch rectangle. Cut pastry with either a fluted dough press or cookie cutter to make eight (8) 3 1/2-inch circles. Repeat with second sheet of puff pastry.

While holding 1 circle at a time in your hand, spoon 1 teaspoon of meat mixture into the middle. Fold pastry in half and secure the circle by pressing the edges together with a fork to make a seal. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Place the samosas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; brush the tops with egg. Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes or until pastry is well puffed and golden. Remove from the oven, let cool then serve.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 20-25 min

Cook Time: 35-40 min

Servings: makes 16 samosas

Recipe By: Camilla V. Saulsbury

From:  Puff Pastry Perfection
Used with permission of Cumberland House Publishing

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