Monday, September 5, 2011

Menu Monday: What Not To Do?!?

Happy Labor Day lovelies!

Today's blog comes to you from me, curled up in bed with a little puppy girl, watching Eat Pray Love. Perfect way to blog, with the rain pouring down.... I could get used to this!

This week's Menu Monday is a little different. I'm sharing a recipe I made that Mr. Jones and I did not really enjoy, but I think it can be tweaked, so I'm interested in hearing what you might suggest - or if I should scrap it!

These had NO flavor. Cute idea. But I just want to make real hand pies (aka, cherry!) when I think of this now.

Beef and Potato Hand Pies
(makes 8)

- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- coarse salt and ground pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, plus more for sprinkling
- 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, diced medium
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- all purpose flour, for dusting
- 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high. Add onion, season with salk and pepper, and cook until translucent. (5 minutes)
2. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (30 seconds).
3. Add beef and cook, breaing up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned (5 minutes).
4. Stir in paprika, potato and raisins. Season to taste with salt, pepper. Remove from heat.
5. On a lightly floured work surface, gently roll out puff pastry sheets to smooth creases. Cut each sheet into four squares. Place 1/3 cup beef mixture in center of each square. Brush edges lightly with water, fold over filling to form triangles.
6. Press to seal and sprinkle with paprika. Transfer to two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets.
7. Bake until pastry is golden and puffed, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

So, that's this week's Menu Monday. We revamped it with tomatoes and cheese when we reheated them the next day - and some spices - but it was a little better then. Share your thoughts! 

Mrs. Jones

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