Classic puff pastry squares are filled with delicious and savory ground beef and roasted eggplant mixture and topped with a beautiful cheesy filling that will delight your tastebuds. These look and taste quite fancy, but are so simple and easy to prepare. A perfect fall or holiday go-to recipe!

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 30-45 minutes
    Yields: 12 Puff Muffins


  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 5 oz. minced beef
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 medium eggplant, roasted
  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package instructions
  • 1 c. mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 egg yolk

Béchamel Sauce:

  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg, freshly ground preferred
  • Sea salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. Add olive oil to a small skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion and sauté 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add beef and cook until cooked through and browned. Season to taste with salt. Set aside.
  5. Wrap eggplant with foil and heat over a medium flame on a gas stove turning every 2-3 minutes with tongs until cooked through, approximately 12 minutes. Alternatively, poke holes with a fork, and roast at 400°F in the oven turning once, for 15-20 minutes depending on size.
  6. Let eggplant cool and then peel and chop. Set aside.
  7. In a medium saucepan, add flour and butter. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slowly whisk in milk and mix well.
  8. Cook stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes or until the béchamel sauce thickens. Add nutmeg and season to taste with salt.
  9. Add chopped eggplant and combine. Set aside.
  10. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry dough with a rolling pin. Cut into 5” x 5” squares.
  11. Place dough squares into the prepared muffin pan.
  12. Evenly divide the beef mixture into 12 cups. Top with béchamel sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  13. Beat the egg yolk with a fork and using a pastry brush, lightly brush the pastry dough.
  14. Bake at 400°F for approximately 10 minutes or until the mozzarella begins to melt and the puff pastry has turned golden brown.
  15. Enjoy!
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