Inspired by Indonesian’s pastel goreng, a savory treat similar to empanadas, I made this easy pastry recently. The wonderful smell of ground turkey, peas, carrots, garlic, and onions baking inside of a pie crust in the oven filled the apartment. Hmm…delicious! This flaky and savory pastry makes a great appetizer.
Here’s a list of things we’ll need:
- 2 sheets of pie crust
- 1 tablespoon of canola or vegetable oil
- 1 pound of ground turkey (or beef)
- 1 bag of thawed frozen (mix) peas and carrots
- 4 garlic (chopped)
- 1 sweet onion (chopped)
- A dash of curry powder
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Heat up a medium pan and add the oil.
- Add garlic and onion. Cook for two minutes.
- Add ground beef and let it brown.
- Mix in the peas and carrots, salt, pepper, and curry powder.
- Following Paula Dean’s direction on her empanada recipe: I cut out rounds from the pie crust using a small cookie cutter (3-inch), place a bit of cooked turkey and veggies in the middle of the crust, brush the edges with water, fold, and repeat. Place the pastries on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they turn golden brown.