- 4 puff pastry sheets (squares)
- 100 gram minced meat
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper
- Olive oil
- 2 spring onions
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 garlic clove
- juice of half a lime
- pepper and salt to taste
- 1 egg
- small handful of grated Gouda cheese
- little bit of all-purpose flour
- optional: small handful of kidney beans
- optional: dipping sauce of your choice
Kitchen equipment needed
- cutting board & chef’s knife
- medium-sized skillet
- heart-shaped cookie cutter
- small bowl
- silicone kitchen brush
Preparation — 10 minutes
REMOVE the bell peppers seeds and chop the bell peppers in cubes as fine as you can, otherwise they won’t fit in the small heart-shaped puff pastry packages. Same goes for the rest of the ingredients!
If you like a bit of kidney beans for extra flavor, roughly chop them. Finely chop the garlic clove and spring onions.
HEAT olive oil in the medium-sized skillet. Saute the chopped bell peppers and garlic for 2 minutes. ADD the minced meat and try to remove all the lumps. After another 3 to 4 minutes, add the tomato paste and saute a few minutes more. Season with pepper and salt. Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped spring onions, juice of half a lime and kidney beans. Let the filling cool off.
PRE-HEAT the oven to 180 degrees celsius or 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Baking the heart-shaped puff pastry packages — 30 minutes
Lightly DUST your work surface with flour and place the puff pastry squares on top (without the plastic sheets ;)). Also dust a bit of flour on top of the pastry to prevent the rolling-pin from sticking. Now lightly roll out the puff pastry so you’ll end up with a less thick rectangle instead of a square. Repeat for the other sheets. Now get your heart-shaped cutter and cut out as much hearts as possible. Or any other shape you prefer of course.
DIVIDE a little bit of the (cooled off) filling onto half of the hearts. Use a bit of water to stick a second heart on top of the filling, use a fork to close the hearts all around.
Use the fork again to beat the egg and then use a silicone kitchen brush to coat the puff pastry packages. Finish them off by adding a bit of grated cheese on top.
BAKE the pastries golden brown in about 20 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce if you like. Enjoy!