Monday, September 8, 2008

Turkey & Vegetable Hand Pies

A couple of things that I really loved about this recipe. First, it was good. Really good. Second, making the dough in the food processor was so easy. Definitely doing that again! Third: The filling would be great over rice, or pasta even. I had some leftover that wouldn't fit in my pies (note: make 1.5x the dough), and my husband ate the filling with some croissants for lunch at work the next day. I didn't expect to like these as much as I did, but I did.

(Sorry for the not so great picture, we had people over and were eating immediately.)

Turkey & Vegetable Hand Pies
from: Dinner Tonight

* 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
* 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, chilled, cut into chunks
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* Coarse salt and ground pepper
* 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 small onion, minced
* 3 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 carrot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
* 1 pound ground turkey (93 percent lean, dark meat)
* 1 box (9 ounces) frozen French-cut green beans, thawed, squeezed dry, and coarsely chopped
* 1/4 cup heavy cream

1. In a food processor, combine flour, butter, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. While pulsing, gradually add ice water, until a dough begins to form. Turn onto a piece of plastic wrap, and pat into a 1-inch-thick square. Wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, make filling: In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onion, garlic, and carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, until carrot is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add turkey; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add green beans and cream; cook until sauce is slightly thickened and green beans are tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll chilled dough into a 16-inch square; cut into 4 equal squares. Dividing evenly, place filling on one half of each square, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the filling. Brush border with water; fold dough over filling to enclose completely. Press edges to seal, then crimp with a fork. With the tip of a paring knife, cut 2 to 3 small vents on top. Transfer pies to two rimmed baking sheets; bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

We are trying this this month also. I'm so excited that you liked it as I was a bit skeptical.