This recipe for the saucy beef appetizer is so easy that you’ll have your hungry hordes munching away in no time. Saucy beef is nestled in phyllo cups and topped with mini mozzarella cheese pearls, making these the perfect game-day appetizer.
I WANT QUICK AND EASY APPETIZERS whenever I’m trying to prepare for a game day gathering. But I don’t want to serve boring chips, dip, or salsa! I want stand-out appetizers so delicious my guests will clamor for my recipe.
I’m funny like that. You might say, competitive!
The flavor of this beef party appetizer recipe is outstanding, and the preparation is so quick and easy that it can be on your table in less than 17 minutes.
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I also wanted to showcase this RAGÚ sauce as it has a wonderful taste and goes perfectly in this dish.
- Even though I use cumin and oregano when I’m sautéing the meat, you can use different herbs. Some good choices are parsley, tarragon, and basil. I would still use ground cumin, regardless.
- I’ve made this appetizer with diced onions as well. If you do, it will take about 7 minutes more while you cook the onion in the pan on high heat.
- You can also season it differently to suit your needs. Here are two suggestions: add black pepper and or minced garlic.
How to make this beef appetizer
Gather the ingredients – ground beef, red sauce, frozen phyllo cups, cumin, oregano, salt, and pearl mozzarella.
Heat the sauté pan on medium heat, and once that heats up, add olive oil.
Once that heats (shimmers), add the beef and use a metal spatula to break it up.
Add cumin, oregano, and salt. Mix and sauté for around 5 minutes. You want the beef to be still pink and not fully cooked.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and pour around half the jar of RAGÚ sauce on the beef.
Take the phyllo cups from the freezer and place them on a small jelly roll pan. With a teaspoon, spoon some of the saucy beef in each cup. You can heap it.
(I use a 1/2 pound of beef, so you will have extra unless you buy a few boxes of the phyllo cups.)
Take a mini pearl mozzarella ball and place one on each phyllo cup.
Bake for 7 – 8 minutes. You want the cheese to be melted and the phyllo cups lightly browned.
I plate them and can’t help myself, so I pick one up.
And take a bite.
You will love the sauce, beef, mozzarella, and phyllo dough combination. It makes these beef cups such a treat to eat! They will surely be a big hit at your next game-day party.
I hope you enjoyed this saucy beef appetizer recipe!
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Saucy Beef Appetizers
- Heat sauté pan on medium heat. Once that heats up, add olive oil.1 tablespoon olive oil
- Add ground beef, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Chop up the beef into little pieces.1/2 pound grass-fed ground beef, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/8 teaspoon salt, dash of ground pepper
- Add pasta sauce and mix until combined.1/2 jar RAGÚ Old World Style Traditional® sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Spoon small amounts of saucy beef in the phyllo cups – you can heap it so it won't spill out.15 frozen phyllo cups
- Add a mini pearl to each beef cup, I press mine down a little.15 mini pearl mozzarella balls
- Bake for 7 minutes. You want the cheese to be melted and the phyllo cups lightly browned.
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