This recipe for a flavor-packed buffalo beef ranch seasoned hand pie brings the best comfort food to your kitchen. Layers of mozzarella and a pastry crust make this a super simple, but impressive, meal. I like them so much that I make extras and toss them in the freezer for a quick 15-minute dinner during the week.
Sometimes you just need a bit of comforting soul food on the table. That sometimes ends up being more often than it should in my house, so I’ve managed to find some simple tricks to go easier on the ingredients to still deliver all of the flavor with a bit less of the fat. I’ve teamed up with a favorite, Laura’s Lean™, to share one of my go-to sizzling summer recipes that pairs perfectly with their Laura’s Lean 96% Lean Ground Beef. — Seasoned beef, buffalo sauce, and layers of melted mozzarella all tucked into a flaky pastry crust.
Buffalo Beef + Pastry = Delicious!
I feel good knowing that Laura’s Lean 96% Lean Ground Beef is certified through the American Heart Association heart check program and meets USDA standards for “Extra Lean”. I also love having a great go-to for recipes that really benefit from this lower fat content. When you are trying to cook a filling inside a crust that you want to stay extra crispy, reducing the fat makes all the difference. Keeps all the tasty inside and the crispy outside. Win, win!
For the filling, I initially started with simply-seasoned beef and buffalo sauce. This with whatever cheese was on hand was a go-to quick dinner with puff pastry sheets that I could whip up in minutes for a quick kick dinner. I can’t believe it took me this long since I am one of those ranch people (I put it on everything – no shame. It’s delish.), but I added ranch seasoning to the Laura’s Lean Ground Beef when I was cooking it.
WOAH, y’all. It adds a complexity in seasoning to the beef that already has a great taste since it is a “Never Ever” beef, meaning that Laura’s Lean protein is sourced from suppliers that raise their cattle without ever using added hormones or antibiotics, and are always vegetarian fed.
Freeze Me Up, Scotty…
You’ve got ranch-seasoned beef, a heavy pour of buffalo sauce, and your favorite mozzarella and you are ready to wrap these puppies up. Instead of my usual puff pastry, I was able to use phyllo dough. It is definitely a bit more difficult to use phyllo when your filling may have more fat. Another point for Laura’s Lean.
Tossed into the oven and these crispy cuties are ready in minutes. Throw them in the freezer and you can cook them straight from frozen in nearly the same time.
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This recipe for a flavor-packed buffalo ranch beef hand pie brings the best comfort food to your kitchen. Layers of mozzarella and a pastry crust make this a super simple, but impressive, meal. I like them so much that I make extras and toss them in the freezer for a quick 15-minute dinner during the week.
- 16 oz Laura's Lean 96% Lean Ground Beef
- 1/2 sweet onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) ranch seasoning
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese
- 1 package Phyllo dough pastry, thawed
- 1 drizzle ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, green onion, to finish
- Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium pan over medium heat, add onion, garlic, ground beef.
- Stir and cook until starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
- Add the ranch seasoning mix and water. Mix well.
- Cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat to cool.
- Prepare pastry dough by cutting sheet to desired shape. I used 3 inch circles.
- Cut two of each shape (or 1 larger to fold over, if desired) per pie.
- Place some mozzarella and a tablespoon of the seasoned beef onto the center of a piece of pastry.
- Drizzle a tablespoon of buffalo sauce over meat filling.
- Finish by covering with additional mozzarella.
- Place top pastry piece and seal the sides by lightly wetting borders with water. Crimp with a fork to seal.
- Bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
- Top with additional ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, and green onions as desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 477mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 19g