seeds may be used to garnish these delicious Russian turnovers.
Poppy seeds are mainly used in Central European, Middle Eastern
and Indian dishes and add color to these pastries. I use cream
cheese in place of the traditional sour cream.
2 pounds lean ground beef
chopped yellow onions
1 tablespoon beef base
tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
teaspoon seasoning salt
tablespoons all-purpose flour
cup cold water
Cream Cheese Pastry
(8-ounce) packages cold Neufchâtel cheese
cold butter which is workable
cup ice cold water
Egg Wash and Topping
large egg yolks
filling: In a 5-quart nonstick sauté pan, brown the beef
drain the fat. Stir in the onions, water, beef base,
sauce, parsley and seasoning salt; cook 10
Mix the 3 tablespoons flour with the 1/4 cup water
add a little of the hot liquid from the beef. Stir back into
meat. Cook about 10 more minutes or until the liquid has
but the meat is coated in a thick sauce. Cool.
2. Preheat the oven
Measure the flour and salt into a large bowl. Use your
to rub the Neufchâtel cheese and butter into
flour. Sprinkle with the 1/2 cup ice water and form a ball.
4. Flour a
breadboard. Cut the dough into 32 pieces, shape little balls.
each ball out to a round, 5 inches in diameter.
5. Once you have
rolled out each round, place a tablespoon of meat
on half of each round. Moisten lower edge pastry with water.
the unfilled half up over the filled half. Seal with a fork dipped
flour and set pastries on a baking sheet.
6. Mix the egg yolk
and water, then brush on pastries with a
brush. Sprinkle pastries lightly with poppy seeds.
7. Bake in the
preheated oven 8-12 minutes. Serve warm.
1: A favorite way to make pastries, is to place the filling
the middle of the pastry round and wet the outer edge with
edges together in a number of places to form a daisy shape
you look from the top. The filling should be completely
middle edges of pastry together to ensure a complete
2: These pastries are best when served with gravy. Melt 3/4
in a 5-quart sauté pan. Add 3/4 cup flour and use a whisk to
Add 6 cups of water; whisk in well. Whisk in 2 tablespoons
and 1 tablespoon Gravymaster
browning sauce. Season
Makes 32 meat pastries