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Poppy Seed Squares

When I came across the recipe for this unique appetizer, I couldn’t wait to try it. I prepare these savory squares every holiday. They’re so tasty, no one tires of them. —Jo Baden, Independence, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    about 8 dozen


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery or mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • CRUST:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Add the soup, horseradish, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Divide dough in half. Roll out 1 portion into a 15x10-in. rectangle; transfer to an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Spoon meat mixture over crust. Roll out the remaining dough into 15x10-in. rectangle; place over filling. Bake at 425° until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cut into small squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 43 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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