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Cheesy Beef & Mushroom Bites – Recipe!

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The film, “The Wife” was about a woman who had taken no credit for her husband’s literary accomplishments, even though she had written most of his books herself.  Her husband was about to receive a Nobel Prize in Sweden, where much of the film had taken place.  Every year for my Oscar gathering at home, I create a dish for each of the top films and for this particular movie, I put together a pastry filled bite with beef and mushrooms, reminiscent of Sweden.

Swedish Meatballs are made of beef and pork and rest in a sour cream sauce, usually ladled over egg noodles.  This recipe originated in Sweden and I thought it would be fun to deconstruct this dish and add some hardy mushrooms to the mix and turn it into a bite-sized appetizer to celebrate this great film.

Mini crusts made with store-bought puff pastry are filled with sauteed mushrooms and ground beef.  A big spoonful of sour cream and a few handfuls of Gruyere cheese turn the filling cheesy and make these bites into a mouthwatering sensation, especially after being baked.

Let’s just say, “They were a hit” and will turn any party or gathering into a delicious experience.  The combination of flavors will remind you of a mini plate of Swedish Meatballs and can be enjoyed at an Oscar celebration or not.  These bites are great with cocktails or a glass of wine, and they reheat in the oven beautifully, if you want to make them ahead of time.

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1 sheet of puff pastry

1 small white onion

2 cups Button or Crimini mushrooms, roughly chopped

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sour cream

2 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese, grated

salt & pepper

vegetable oil

1/4 cup fresh parsley, optional

(Makes 24 Bites)

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To Prepare:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large saute pan, add 2 teaspoons oil, onion and mushrooms.  Saute for 3 minutes and add ground beef.  Cook mixture until golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Add onion powder, allspice, nutmeg, flour, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, stir to combine.  Turn off heat.
  2. Add sour cream and 2 cups Gruyere cheese, stir until creamy.
  3. Remove puff pastry from packaging and cut into 2 x 2 inch squares.  Gently press each piece into greased mini-cupcake pan.
  4. Spoon filling into each cup until it reaches the top of pastry, about 1 heaping tablespoon.  Top with remaining cheese.  Place pan in freezer for 8 minutes to set up.
  5. Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes, or until edges of pastry are golden brown.  Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.
  6. Sprinkle tops with parsley and serve.  Enjoy!

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