Recently I was in a BritMums hangout with the guru of cuisine Marco Pierre White and we were talking about how to use turkey over the summer.
My question to Marco was around picnic/lunchbox options, I wanted to make turkey puff pastry turnovers which I could pop into the girls lunch boxes or take to the beach as a picnic option. If I am 100% honest, I wasn’t very impressed with his answer ‘add some chopped carrot’ – I thought to myself, ‘Blimey Marco even I can come up with something better than that!’ So I did and here’s my recipe tried and tested and using ready to roll puff pastry to make life simple.
Makes 8 turkey puffs – I made 4 small and 1 large see photo aboveIngredients 1 chopped onion 1 clove of chopped garlic 500g minced turkey thighs salt, pepper and mixed herbs 125g of frozen mixed veg – I used carrots peas and sweetcorn 1 tbsp of mayonnaise to bind together (can be substituted with brown sauce for more of a kick) 1 tsp English mustard – omit if you don’t like it. For the pastry 1 pack of ready to roll puff pastry flour for surface 1 beaten egg
1. Put the onion and garlic in a casserole, place on base of oven and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 3 mins.
2. Add the turkey mince, and all the other ingredients mix well. Cover and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 10 minutes, then MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 15 – 20 minutes or until cooked. Allow to cool.
3. Flour your surface to prevent the pastry sticking to the work top and rub a bit on your rolling pin as well. Cut the pastry in half for more manageable rolling and roll out to 0.5 cms thick (15cms x 15cms), trying to keep it as square as possible. Cut into four squares and place a spoonful or two of the turkey mixture on to one triangle of the square
4. brush a bit of beaten egg along the two sides which will be your base and fold over the pastry over the top of the mixture and press to close your puff. Use a fork to seal and make a pattern along the sealing edge and then brush egg over the top too.
5. Cook on CONVECTION 220C for 20 – 25 minutes
We ate them hot first night and cold as picnic bites at the weekend, both ways delicious.
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