I haven’t done a family recipe in a while. My mom made a batch of these recently and sent me home with a few.
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Turnovers, hand pies, pasties, kolaches, whatever you call them, I love them. Eating with your hands is done in almost every other culture on earth, but us westerners tend to frown on it.
My mom invented these rich, savory turnovers based on the flavors that I loved as a kid (and still love). It’s a pastry or yeast dough exterior, filled with cheese, chicken, breakfast sausage, and green chilis.
The batch she made last week used crescent dough that was rolled out. You may be able to see the remaining perforation in one of the photos.
In the past, I’ve used my pizza crust recipe (found here). It’s really up to you what kind of dough you use for exterior. Crescent dough is rich and buttery, and I think it works well for this recipe, so it’s what I’m going with. You can get the crescent dough in one large sheet if you want and cut it up, or, we used the regular rolls, and just did 2 crescents per hand pie.
(Makes 16-20 depending on type of dough used)
- 2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped up (You can also use 1.5 cups of chopped up rotisserie chicken meat)
- 1/2 lb of Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage, cooked, crumbled, and drained of fat
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 4 oz. can Ortega Chilis, chopped
- 1 batch pizza dough (recipe linked above), or 4 tubes crescent roll dough
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix first five ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
- Roll out/unroll dough; Separate into 4 rectangles. Pinch together perforations to seal up. If you are using another type of dough, roll out on a floured surface and use a sharp knife to cut the dough into approx. 8×5 rectangles.
- Place approx. 1/4c of filling in the middle of each piece of dough. Fold over, and seal edges of the dough by pinching edges together, you can also crimp the edges with a fork.
- Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet (I always use parchment paper– it makes clean up easier) for approx 12-15 minutes until the dough is golden brown.
- Remove cookie sheets from the oven and allow hand pies to rest for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow to rest a few more minutes before devouring.
I serve these with a green salad. They are good cold the next day too. They make a great picnic addition.
After they have cooled completely, store them in the fridge or the freezer. You can reheat them in the toaster oven!
They are a great food to batch cook.