Kosher Puff Pastry Beef Strudel (Meat)

Strudel on a green plate

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Ratings (6)
  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 strudel (10 to 12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
379 Calories
21g Fat
17g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 strudel (10 to 12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 379
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 218mg 73%
Sodium 767mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 29g
Calcium 75mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Baking seasoned ground beef in puff pastry gives it a festive upgrade for Shabbat and holiday meals—and it's a surefire way to entice even picky kids.

Giora Shimoni likes to make this recipe when he has lots of Shabbat guests and wants to offer a variety of main course dishes. Shimoni recommends serving this beef strudel alongside roast chicken. 

Round out the meal with vegetable sides that help cut through the strudel's richness, such as a rainbow slaw or ginger roasted broccoli.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil (olive or canola)
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree (or ketchup)
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs (or matzo meal)
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 sheet puff pastry (pareve, thawed)
  • 1 large egg yolk (beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (more or less as needed)
  • Optional: prepared marinara sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F/200 C/Gas Mark 6). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute just until soft and translucent, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute more or until fragrant. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, tomato puree or ketchup, breadcrumbs or matzo meal, egg, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir in the onion and garlic mixture.

  4. Roll out the puff pastry until thin. Spread the meat mixture lengthwise on the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. Fold in the sides of the dough over the meat. Then roll the dough up over the meat, like a jelly roll.

  5. Place the strudel on the prepared baking pan. Brush the strudel with the egg yolk, and sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds.

  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the pastry is puffed, crisp and golden and the filling is cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow the strudel to rest 10 minutes, then cut and serve warm. Offer warm marinara sauce on the side if desired.

Note: serve the strudels whole for a family-style meal. Or for a more elegant presentation, plate individual slices atop your favorite tomato-based sauce.