Monday, May 28, 2007

Mini Turnovers

Sometimes you get an idea that changes the world. I very much doubt this was one of those, but it was fun anyway. I decided to see what would happen if I tried to make turnovers using store-bought canned biscuits. And why not? It seemed like a good idea at the time.

My first thought was to roll out the biscuits with a rolling pin. I even have a little fondant rolling pin that was just about the right size. But I also had a tortilla press, and I decided it would be faster. I cut a couple of squares of parchment, lined the press, and loaded in a biscuit, just off-center.

This made quick work of flattening the biscuits, which is good, because they ended up being a little more elastic than I expected, and they started to shrink pretty quick. I loaded up each flattened biscuit round with a half dozen blueberries, folded them over, and crimped with a fork.

In retrospect, I probably should have painted the edges with a little beated egg before folding and crimping, but I was only working with ten biscuits, and it seemed like kind of a waste. With all ten crimped, I took a paring knife and cut a couple of slits in the top of each one, for steam to escape.

These were put in the oven and baked as per the package directions. A few minutes later, they came out GBD (golden, brown and delicious).

As you can see, I had a few smilers. Gluing the turnovers together with egg wash would have helped to prevent this, but really, who cares? They were awesome anyway. Of course, you don't have to just use blueberries. I'm sure pretty much any fresh or frozen fruit would work, and you don't even have to stop there. I've made these with leftover shredded chicken mixed with salsa and corn, and I know they would work with sloppy Joe filling, chili, even stew (so long as it's not too soupy). I've even used pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato sauce. Just remember, the more flavorful the filling, the better the turnovers.

These are great for portion control, snacking, lunches for the kids. You don't have to stick with turnovers, of course. You could lay down one flat round, add filling, and then another flat round on top. It's up to you.

1 comment:

  1. If only I liked cooked fruit (or could eat wheat for that matter).


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