Brazilian Beef Pastels

by Annie M June 21, 2018

Brazilian Beef Pastels

Brazilian Beef Pastels

In Brazil, the pastel is a small half-moon pastry filled with various fillings, and fried until crispy. We've made a version using ground beef and our Brazilian rub.

PREP TIME: 10 min
COOK TIME: 45 min

Ingredients for the pastry

  • 350g plain flour
  • 60g butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white rum (optional)
  • 4 tbsp water

Ingredients for the filling

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 200g minced beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp The Brazilian rub
  • 300ml vegetable oil for frying


      1. Mix the 2 tsp The Brazilian with the ground beef
      2. To make the pastry, blitz the flour with the butter in a food processor until you get breadcrumbs
      3. Add the beaten egg, white wine vinegar and rum (if using), and process in the food processor for a minute whilst adding the 4tbsp water until it comes together as a dough
      4. Chill the dough in the fridge whilst you make the filling
      5. Fry the onion in the olive oil over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until softened, then add the garlic and cook for a further minute
      6. Finally add the ground beef mixture and cook until dry, about 15 minutes
      7. Prepare the pastry by rolling out the dough to the thickness of a one pound coin, and then cutting out circles of 6 inch diameter
      8. After the filling has cooled, spoon two tablespoons of mixture into each circle, fold over and crimp the edges
      9. Heat the vegetable oil over a medium high heat, and when hot, add the pastels two at a time and cook for 2 minutes each side

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