Pasteis de Carne – Savory Beef Puff Pastry Pockets

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Pasteis de Carne are savory meat pies made with puff pastry dough that are perfect for parties, tailgating or anytime! This recipe is so easy to make, that it will be one of your favorites for entertaining.  I buy my puff pastry sheets at my local Portuguese bakery, but you can also use Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets.

These meat puffs freeze well so you can make them ahead of time but of course they’re best eaten freshly cooked. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.




2 sheets Puff Pastry squares ( I use Pepperidge Farm)

1 lb ground beef

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 clove chopped garlic

1 tsp chopped parsley

salt and Pepper

1 chicken boullion cube

1/4 cup shredded cheese (optional)

1 egg and 1 tsp water (beat together for egg wash)


In a large skillet, cook meat until browned.  Remove from pan, drain and set aside. In same skillet add unions, boullion and garlic and cook until golden brown.  Add onion mix to meat and let cool.

Place meat mixture in food processor and pulse 5 times or until the meat is of a fine consistency. Add parsley and cheese and pulse 2 times.

Roll out dough and cut into 3″ x 6″ rectangle. Place 1 tablespoon meat in center of rectangle. Fold over one side onto the other to create a square pinching edges. *Freeze any leftover meat in a plastic bag and the pastry in a separate bag for next time.


Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Place puffs onto the paper and brush with a light egg wash.

Cook in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. *Every oven has different heat temperature watch the pies.


Serve warm or at room temperature.

Freeze or store in refrigerator 3 days after cooking. Enjoy!


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3 Responses

  1. Marisa says:

    These look good! What kind of cheese do you use?

  2. Read was fascinating, remain in touch…..

  3. Diane says:

    Hello I Love these. My grandmother used to make these on special days. She also made a side dish that I can not find. Don’t know what it’s called. Made with hamburger black olives and hard boiled eggs. Do you know what this is or was it something that my Portuguese grandmother did her self?

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