Smoked Ham and Goat Cheese Turnovers

Yield:
24 to 36 turnovers
Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • 1 pound store-bought puff pastry
  • 1/4 pound smoked, cooked ham, chopped
  • 4 ounces grated Spanish manchego cheese or sharp jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Egg wash: 1 egg yolk beaten with 2 tablespoonss cold water
Directions
  • Using a round pastry cutter, cut the pastry into 2-inch rounds. Roll the remaining scrap into a ball and roll out with a rolling pin into a 1/4-inch thick sheet and continue to cut rounds of puff pastry until you've used up all of the pastry. As you cut the pastry, place it on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and refrigerate it until the filling has been made.

  • For the filling, put the remaining ingredients, except the egg wash, into a food processor and pulse for 1 to 2 minutes to combine well. Scrape the sides of the bowl carefull with a rubber spatula and pulse again briefly.

  • Heat a deep fat fryer to 365 degrees.

  • Lightly brush a round of pastry with some of the egg wash. Place 1 teaspoon of the ham filling in the center of the round and fold the dough in half to create a dumpling. Continue to fill the pastry in this way until all of the filling and pastry has been used up. Place the finished turnovers on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, brush the tops with the remaining egg wash, and deep fry in batches for several minutes until rich golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.


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