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Leftover Turkey Turnovers

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch


1 dozen

I came up with this dish in 1993 while putting together a booklet called “Totally Turkey” for leftover turkey recipes. My children gobble them up in no time. —Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island
Leftover Turkey Turnovers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons ice water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked turkey
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Whisk egg and 1 tablespoon ice water; gradually add to flour with remaining water as needed, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, turmeric and cinnamon; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds longer. Stir in turkey, raisins, salt and pepper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. round cookie cutter. Place a heaping tablespoon filling in center of each circle. Moisten edges with water; fold in half and press edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  4. In a deep skillet or electric skillet, heat 1/2 in. oil to 375°. Fry turnovers, a few at a time, 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Nutrition Facts

1 turnover: 212 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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