Bao Beef Bun --
  • Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Makes 30 servings


  1. 12 ounces cooked beef Pot Roast
  2. 1 cup chopped spinach, green onions or Swiss chard
  3. 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  4. 3 cans (10 biscuits each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits


Beef and Sauce:
  1. 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. 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.
Comments (5)
Usage Guidelines.


This is a really flavorful stew. I have a fairly small slow cooker so I used the helpful tip to combine it in a separate bowl before putting it in the crock. At first I wasn't sure if the flour mixture would be enough for the meat but it worked out perfectly! Family & guests loved it!


What a delicious crock pot star! Hearty and surprisingly different than ordinary stew. I'm definately keeping this recipe.


This is a nice change from other slow cooking recipes. I made this in my dutch oven and it was delicious! In place of couscous, I served the stew with basmati rice and salad. A new favorite to add to my list!


My husband doesn't like raisins, but he didn't even notice them in this dish. He was so consumed with the fork-tender beef, couscous and almonds! Great flavor and texture in this recipe. Sometimes slow cooker recipes are too mushy!


This was an amazing hit. I substituted chipotle for the red pepper and the slight smokey flavor was great with the sweetness from the potato and raisins. This is a definite repeater.