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Portuguese dish - Rissois De Carne recipe

These little pillows of joy are a family recipe passed down from my grandmother, to me and now to you! I believe this is a Brazilian dish. However, they are served throughout Portugal too. There is a bit of love that goes into these so if you're planning on having guest over and want to make them, I would prepare ahead of time and cook them just before serving.

Now, now, before we start...As a strong advocate for healing foods and 'you are what you eat,' I wouldn't call these an everyday lunch/dinner. But, they are a treat and bring me so much nostalgia so I make them every now and then and think of my Avo (grandmother in Portuguese).

Dough ingredients:

- 2 cups of milk

- 4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter

- 1 teaspoon of sea salt

- 2 cups of all purpose flour


- In a pot, place the milk, butter and salt over a medium - high heat. Once the milk starts to heat up, turn the temperature down to medium-low.

- Now add in the 2 cups of flour and stir vigorously till the mixture forms a ball of dough. Remove from the heat.

- Place the dough out onto a floured surface and kneed till it becomes smooth and combined. Press your finger into the dough, if it springs back then it is ready.

- Divide the ball into two pieces and put into a bowl. Cover, set aside and allow the dough to come to room temperature.

** While that is cooling lets get started on the filling **

Filling Ingredients:

- 1 cup of pork mince

- 1 cup of beef mince

- 1 small onion diced finely

- 1 garlic clove diced finely

- 1 tomato diced finely

- 3 heaped tablespoons of chopped parsley

- Pinch of salt and pepper

For the egg wash coating:

- 1 egg

- 2 tablespoons of milk

- 1 1/2 cups of Panko Bread crumbs (optional) for crumbing

Ok lets get cooking!!


- Fry the onion for a couple of minutes then add in the garlic, cook for a further minute then add in the mince (pork and beef), a pinch of salt and pepper and the tomato.

- Cook for 10-15 minutes then remove from the heat.

- Let the mixture cool before you begin filling.

- Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1 cm and cut out circles. I used a cup the size of a coaster as a guide

- Whisk together the egg and milk and brush over the edges of your circles. You want to put a small tablespoon of filling in the centre or the circles. If you put too much it will overflow.

- Fold over the circles like a half moon and press a fork into the edges to create a seal. Brush over the egg wash and dip into some Panko bread crumbs, this is optional for an extra crunch.

- You need to shallow fry these. Put a pan on medium-high heat and fill with about 1cm of olive oil.

- Don't overcrowd the pan.

Cook until golden and serve with a squeeze of lemon. Eat till your hearts content!

I hope you enjoy these and picture yourself eating these along the coasts of Portugal :)

The Sana Soul.

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