Turkey and Spices Pastries

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Turkey and Spices Pastries


These empanada style savory pastries make the perfect appetizer for your next get together or can be a fun snack to share with family and friends. Marinated in a lemon-paprika marinade and sauteed in balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs, the turkey filling is flavorful and tender. This recipe includes instructions for preparing your pastry dough. Allow the meat to marinate for at least 30 minutes before cooking and allow the pastry dough at least one hour and a half to rest before shaping and filling.


  • 75 grams butter
  • 100 milliliters water
  • salt
  • 270 grams plain flour
  • 200 grams turkey mince
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (finely)
  • coarse salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • poultry
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 3 fresh thyme (stems)
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de provence
  • pepper (pink, to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 eggs
  • poppy seeds (to taste)


  1. Place the butter in a mixer or food processor, beat until it becomes liquid, add water, a pinch of salt, and beat some more.
  2. Add the flour, and beat to soft dough.
  3. Remove the dough, and let rest for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. 30 minutes before cooking, marinate the meat with lemon zest, coarse salt, and and paprika.
  5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  6. Heat the margarine in skillet, add the meat and saute for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the thyme and spices a spoonful at a time, and make sure they don't stick to the pan, if necessary, add 2 tablespoons of water. Add pink pepper to taste.
  8. Let spices meld with the flavor of the meat.
  9. Add balsamic vinegar, and simmer until vinegar is reduced.
  10. Put the meat mixture in the blender, and chop for a few seconds, until the meat is finely chopped.
  11. On a floured surface, roll out the dough very thin.
  12. Use a glass to make small circles in the dough.
  13. Place the meat on one side of the circles, and fold in half to close, pressing with your fingers or with a fork to seal the pastry.
  14. Continue this process until all the dough is used up.
  15. Place the pastries on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  16. Brush the top of the pastries with a beaten egg, and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  17. Bake for about 30 minutes.
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NutritionView more



Calories910Calories from Fat340
Total Fat38g58%
Saturated Fat15g75%
Trans Fat1g
Calories from Fat340
Total Carbohydrate56g19%
Dietary Fiber4g16%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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