Turkey turnovers are a tasty way to use leftover turkey this holiday season. This recipe is so quick and easy to make, people will think that you bought them. Puff Pastry stuffed with leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, cheese and thinly sliced onion. The perfect flavor combo for a family snack, or for lunch. They're also sometimes called Turkey Puffs.
Most people make a Roast Turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I usually Deep Fry a Turkey or make Smoked Turkey at our house. Also I get sick of boring turkey leftovers, so am always finding creative ways to use up leftover turkey. Of course, there are the usual recipes like Turkey Soup, but this Leftover Turkey Turnovers don't feel like they are leftovers.
Turkey Turnovers with Pie Crust
Well, this depends on your preference of which pie crust to use. This leftover turkey recipe uses store bought puff pastry, which everyone should have in the freezer. Puff pastry is so buttery and flaky, perfect to use for this recipe. If you prefer to use more of a traditional pie crust, there you can also use regular, store bought shortcrust pastry. Either one will work, but I prefer puff pastry.
How to make turkey turnovers? I usually just cut each puff pastry sheet into 4 equal pieces, which makes the turnovers easy to hold and eat. I start with placing the cheese slice on the pastry, spooning some cranberry sauce, followed by the leftover turkey and thinly sliced onions. Fold over the puff pastry to make a triangle, and press the edges together. Be careful not to allow the filling to touch the edges of the puff pastry, as it won't seal and leak out while cooking. Use a fork to indent the edges of the turnovers, and brush with an egg wash before baking. It's that easy to make!
Turkey Turnover Cheese Variations
Turkey and Cheese Turnovers are often made with cream cheese, but that just doesn't work for me. Turkey is a stronger flavored meat, which tastes a bit gamey, and therefore needs a cheese that has some flavor. I used Swiss Cheese slices, which is still mild, but has a slightly sharp and nutty flavor. It think it's perfectly balanced with the cranberry sauce, onions and turkey.
If you want to go a bit more fancy, you could use Brie or Camembert Cheese, but honestly, use whatever cheese is leftover from your holiday meals. You could also add leftover stuffing, or other leftovers like mashed potatoes, ham or sweet potatoes inside as well! If you're feeling creative, change the shape of the turnovers. Sometimes I make square turnovers by using 2 puff pastry squares.
Leftover Turkey Recipes
This turkey turnover recipe is the best way to use up your holiday leftovers. It's a great snack for the inevitable family movie night during the holidays, and you can freeze them to enjoy later, or eat them for dinner. Dip them in more cranberry sauce or your leftover gravy. I'm actually looking forward for leftovers this year. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
- 1 package of puff pastry
- leftover turkey
- swiss cheese slices
- cranberry sauce
- ½ onion sliced thinly
- egg wash egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon of milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C in a fan forced oven. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut puff pastry sheet into 4 squares. Lay a slice of Swiss Cheese on the centre of the square. Place a tablespoon of cranberry sauce, turkey and onions on the cheese. Fold the puff pastry over to make a triangle. Using a fork, press down the edges to seal the turnover.
- In a small bowl, beat together the egg yolk and milk to make the egg wash. Brush the egg mixture over each puff pastry turnover.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.