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Recipe: bao beef buns

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Bao beef buns serving suggestion

bao beef buns

A Chinese staple made simple. Heat shredded Pot Roast, stir in spinach and hoisin sauce, wrap in store-bought biscuit dough and steam through on your stovetop.


  • 12 ounces cooked beef Pot Roast
  • 1 cup chopped spinach, green onions or Swiss chard
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 cans (10 biscuits each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits


  1. Beef and Sauce:
    Chop or shred pot roast; place in large microwave-safe dish. Cover, vent and microwave until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach and hoisin sauce. Microwave until sauce is thickened and beef is coated with sauce.
    Set aside.
  1. Dumplings:
    Cut parchment paper to line basket of stove-top steamer, cutting hole in center as needed. Add water to steamer, making sure water level is below basket. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, place biscuit dough pieces on cutting board. Flatten each piece of dough into 3-inch square, extending corners; press corners onto board with thumbs. Place about 1 tablespoon of beef mixture in center of dough square. Bring two opposite corners up and over filling and pinch together; bring remaining two corners up and over filling, pinching all seams and corners together to form square bun. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Turn buns over until ready to cook. Place buns into steam basket in batches, keeping at least 2 inches apart. Cover and steam 7 minutes or until dough reaches temperature of 190°F and the filling is 165°F. Gently remove buns from basket with long handled tongs; cool. Repeat until all buns are steamed. Serve bao buns with sauce as desired.

    Test Kitchen Tips: If stovetop steamer is not available, use a folding steamer basket in a large saucepan. If parchment is not available, use lettuce leaves instead.
    Keep edges of dough free of sauce for best sealing.

Nutrition information per serving: 180 calories; 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat); 13 mg cholesterol; 573 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrate; 0.9 g fiber; 6 g protein; 0.5 mg niacin; 0.1 mg vitamin B6; 0.2 mcg vitamin B12; 1.5 mg iron; 3.1 mcg selenium; 0.8 mg zinc; 12.8 mg choline.

This recipe is a good source of protein.

Asian |  Roasts