One of my family’s favorite recipes and one of the first recipes I ever wrote is Beef Wellington. So when someone said something about craving it recently, in spite of the heat, I wondered if I could satisfy the craving without the production. Laura’s Lean Beef Fully Cooked Pot Roast came to the rescue. Leftovers from that dinner, from some cooked mushrooms and a tiny bit of puff pastry came together for this little treat of a snack. I used the oven for the 20 of these I made, but you could keep the kitchen even cooler by baking these little bites in a toaster oven.
3.5 ounces Laura’s Lean Beef Pot Roast
3 large white mushrooms
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1.5 ounces frozen puff pastry, thawed
Fresh thyme and parsley for garnish (optional)
2. Chop mushrooms very finely, almost minced. Heat butter in non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until all liquid evaporates. Add Worcestershire sauce, and cook again until it has evaporated. Remove from heat and let cool.
3. Heat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll puff pastry out according to package directions until it is about 1/8-inch thick. Use 1-inch biscuit cutter to cut out 20 circles. Place circles onto baking sheet and prick lightly with the tines of a fork to keep it from over-rising.
4. Top each circle of pastry with a pinch of mushrooms. Top that with about 1/2 teaspoon of shredded beef, pressing it onto the circle of dough. Note: Press down firmly, to prevent the topping from falling off as the dough rises. Place in oven and cook for about 9 minutes. If pastry is not done, cook another 1 minute. (Time may vary if using a toaster oven.)
5. Remove from oven, cool slightly, garnish with thyme and parsley and serve immediately.
Note: If toppings fall off as dough rises, simply replace onto baked dough, again pressing down slightly so meat stays in place.
Nutrition Information Per Bite:
Calories 21, Calories from Fat 11 (52% from Fat); Fat 1g; Saturated Fat 0g; Cholesterol 3mg; Sodium 30mg; Carbohydrate 1g; Fiber 0g; Protein 1g; Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 1%; Calcium 0%; Iron 1%
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