Wednesday 2 December 2015

Beef Piroshki appetizers

Today is December 2, and I am planning to do Holiday appropriate recipe each week until December 31!! Yay! I will also give you other options and links to think about for your Holiday planning.

I had no idea of what a "piroshki" was until I was in cooking school with my German teacher Eva Kenly, she opened my eyes to so many delicious recipes, that I would have never ventured to try. Each day I spent with her, was a culinary adventure that I will never forget. Wonderful memories attached to each recipe.  "Piroshki's" are one of my favorite go to recipes, so yummy!! If you want to impress, this is a choice you will not regret! Perfect for the office party!

If you want to change up the meat, feel free, I have used pork sausage and ground chicken, all good choices!

Beef Piroshki


1 c butter
1 c sour cream
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp. salt

Blend butter and sour cream. Blend in flour and salt. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least two hours.

Meat Filling

3 T butter
2 onions, finely chopped
1 lb. ground beef, or ground chicken or sausage
2 T sour cream
1/4 c. cooked rice
1 T dill finely chopped
1/4 c. parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 eggs, hard boiled and chopped

In a skillet, saute onion in the butter until golden. Add ground beef and cook until meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat and drain off any excess fat. Add all the other ingredients and cool.

Pre heat oven to 400F degrees

Roll ou dough between plastic wrap to 1/8inch thickness. Cut into 2 inch rounds. Place filling in the middle of each and pinch all around to seal.

Beat 1 egg with 1 tsp. water. Paint pastries with egg wash and place on a greased, parchment paper or silpat lined baking sheet, bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.


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I hope I have given you a start with your appetizers for the holiday season. Whether it's a office party, a gathering of friends, or your New Year's celebration, have fun and enjoy!

My crazy family! Taken a couple years ago!


1 comment:

  1. Looks really good, I am going to try this. Helen


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