These turkey turnovers are my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! The perfect flavor combo for a family snack, or for lunch. Quick and easy to make, so tasty that people will think that you bought them. Puff Pastry stuffed with leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, cheese and thinly sliced onion.
Most people make a Roast Turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I usually make Smoked Turkey at our house. Also I get sick of boring turkey leftovers, so am always finding new, creative ways to use up leftover turkey.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
- Economical - Puff Pastry is cheap to buy and it's an easy way to use smoked turkey leftovers
- Different - not the usual holiday leftover recipe, everyone will love this because it doesn't taste like the typical turkey recipe
- Easy - even the kids can help stuff your leftover holiday feast into Puff Pastry pockets
- Leftover Turkey
- Store bought Puff Pastry
- Swiss Cheese Slices
- Cranberry Sauce
- Thinly Sliced Onion
- Egg Wash (egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon of milk)
How to Make Turkey Turnovers
This is such an easy recipe to make, even the kids will happy to help. Plus they'll love eating these a snack later!
- Preheat oven to to 350°F/180°C and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper
- Cut each puff pastry square into 4 equal pieces
- Layer a piece of Swiss Cheese in centre of each square.
- Spoon cranberry sauce, add turkey pieces and onion slices on the cheese
- Fold puff pastry to make a triangle. Press down the edges to seal with a fork
- Prepare egg wash by beating one egg yolk with a teaspoon of milk. Brush the egg was over each puff pastry
- Bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown
Turkey Turnover Tips and FAQs
Turkey and Cheese Turnovers are often made with cream cheese which mellows out the gamey 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.
- Substitute - Swiss Cheese with Brie or Camembert Cheese
- Add - leftover Stuffing inside the pastry
- Holiday Leftovers - mix in leftover Mashed Potatoes, Ham or Sweet Potatoes or even Brussel Sprouts
- Change Shape - from a triangle, make square turnovers using 2 pastry squares
- Chicken Turnovers - switch out the turkey to enjoy year round
Storing Turkey Turnovers
Allow to cool and place in an airtight container and refrigerate for 4-5 days. Reheat before serving. To freeze, place in an Ziploc bag and use within 3 months.
Air Fryer Turnovers
You can make Turkey Turnovers in an Air Fryer. However, it will take a long time because the basket is so small as you can only make 3 or 4 at a time. Heat Air Fryer to 350°F/180°C and cook for 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Don't crowd the basket, allow air to circulate around turnovers.
Re-heating Turkey Turnovers
This is the easiest option. Place Turkey Turnovers on a paper towel or plate and microwave for about 60 seconds. Heads up, they won't be crispy.
Pre-heat oven to 350°F/180°C. Place turnovers on a parchment paper lined baking tray and heat for 5-10 minutes.
It's best to re-heat turnovers in an Air Fryer because they'll be nice and crispy. Set Air Fryer to 350°F/180°C and place turnovers inside the basket. Heat turnovers for about 1½-2 minutes until hot. Pro Tip: Microwave the turnovers for 30 seconds before crisping up in the Air Fryer.
Leftover Turkey Ideas
- Creamy Leftover Turkey Soup with Bacon
- Leftover Turkey Broth
- Turkey Wonton Soup to use your turkey broth
- Substitute Turkey in Chinese Chicken and Corn Soup
- Enjoy Vietnamese Banh Mi with Turkey
This turkey turnover will become your favorite leftover turkey recipe. It's a great snack for the inevitable family movie night during the holidays. Plus you can freeze them to enjoy later, or eat them for dinner.
They're also sometimes called Turkey Puffs. Dip them in more cranberry sauce or your leftover gravy. I'm actually looking forward to 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.
©PetersFoodAdventures.com *originally published October 2020, updated December 2022