Turkey Hand Pies

I love HotPockets, but they are dangerous disguised as delicious. If it’s not the calories and fat that kills you, it’s the molten hot lava that oozes from them. I swear that there has never been a time when I didn’t burn my mouth from eating a HotPocket. Just last week I made Mushroom Aparagus Tarts
with homemade puff pastry. I had some leftover pastry dough and decided to make my own HotPocket that wouldn’t attempt to kill me with magma.



I was also inspired by Portos Bakery to make these meaty, spicy pastries. Portos is this absolutely amazing Cuban bakery/cafe right down the street from my work. I’ve been trying to stay away, but it’s so difficult when everything they make is amazing! My favorite item on the menu are their Potato Balls. I know, from the entire bakery case you would think I chose something sweet, but these bites are packed with meaty goodness that tastes like a hearty cowboy stew. And being about 90 cents a pop, how can you say no? They make Meat Pies as well (pastel de carne on the label), that are 78 cents and worth every penny. If you don’t live near any of their three locations, try these homemade meat pies instead!

Turkey Hand Pies


For the puff pastry

  • 2 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface

For the filling

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup chunky chipotle salsa
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cholula hot sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water


For the puff pastry
1. In a large bowl, whisk together salt and flour
2. Transfer flour mixture to a food processor
3. Add half the butter, pulse two to three times
4. Add remaining butter, pulse until butter is just incorporated
5. Pour in water, pulse three to four more times, just until the dough forms a ball
6. On a floured work surface, roll out to form a large rectangle
7. Fold the ends in thirds over each other, like you’re folding a letter
8. Roll out again to form a rectangle
9. Repeat until you have done this three times
10. Press the dough into a square and wrap with plastic wrap
11. Chill for 1 hour

For the pies

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. In a pan, brown turkey until cooked, about 5 minutes
3. Pour in salsa, stir, cook about 5 minutes more
4. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste, set aside
5. Roll out the pastry dough on a floured surface
6. Using a biscuit cutter, cut out rounds
7. Place a heaping tablespoon in the center of each round
8. Fold dough over filling to make a half circle
9. Crimp ends with a fork or hands
10. Place pies on a greased baking sheet
11. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and water
12. Brush each pie with egg wash
13. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until golden
14. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack
15. Enjoy!




alliebiopic 2Allie Bowl is a hiking food blogger who lives in Los Angeles. Allie currently balances working in film and television, with her second passion of cooking and photographing for Thecookingbowl.com. Despite constantly being on the go, Allie finds peace in her dog Abby who is her biggest fan (and taste tester).
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