Simply Delicious Savory Ground Beef Samosas

Puff Pastries filled with spiced veggies and/or beef
Puff Pastries filled with spiced veggies and/or beef

I grew up on samosas. We would come home from school and have these delicate pastries as a snack. My mom made the dough from scratch but who has time for that these days? Not me! Instead I cheat and use Phyllo dough. Since my parents are vegetarians they stuck to the Veggie Samosas, I wanted to come up with my own version but with beef. This is the perfect after school/work snack and I have even taken it to work as a meal but my co-workers managed to eat most of them. This recipe makes 40 samosas.

20 sheets of Phyllo dough, cut each sheet in half
2 large potatoes, boiled, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
1 onion finely chopped
1 cup frozen  green peas
1 pound ground beef (go for lean meat)
6 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and minced
1 cup oil for frying (I prefer peanut or grape seed oil)
1-2 green chilies, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon coriander powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tablespoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried mango powder (omit if you can’t find it)
1 cup oil for frying (I prefer peanut or grape seed oil)

In a large pan, allow the oil to come up to 350 degrees F.

Cook the ground beef, drain and add in the spices and once incorporated, add the green peas and potatoes.

Place 2 tablespoons of filling at the edge of one half sheet of Phyllo dough. Fold the dough to create a triangle. Seal the edges with water and continue to fold the dough creating the triangle shape. Seal the edges again with water. Continue this process until all of the filling and dough has been used up.

Fry 3-4 pieces at a time, make sure you do not crowd the pan. Then place on paper towel to allow the excess oil drain from the dough.



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