Showing posts with label Easter leftovers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter leftovers. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

10 Minute Ham and Cheese Pastry Pockets by Cleo Coyle #Baking up #Leftovers

Got leftovers? Here's a great use for them.
It takes only 10 minutes to assemble these quick
and easy pastry pockets. Slip them in the oven
and you've got a fast, hot lunch or tasty snack.

Many cultures have some form of pastry pocket or another in their culinary heritage from the Cornish pasty to the Spanish empanada and Haitian Creole pate

This is my favorite way to make a pastry pocket fastThe folks at Pillsbury invented it, and I'm using their buttermilk "Grands" large refrigerator biscuits for the recipe today. You can use any brand, but these are very good. Marc, my husband (and partner in crime-writing) also likes their "Southern Style" Grands.

As for your fillings, they can be a combination of almost any type of leftovers. After this busy holiday week, I suspect many of you have them!

Scratch Pastry? 
We've got that...

If you prefer to make your own pie crust from scratch, then check out my recipe for Blueberry Hand Pies by clicking hereI use yogurt in my hand pie crust for a nice flavor. The dough is also sturdy enough to hold up to being stuffed and baked. One note: if you're using this recipe for a savory filling, like today's ham and cheese, simply leave out that little bit of sugar in my ingredient list. 

Culinary mystery author
Cleo Coyle writes The
Coffeehouse Mysteries
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And now...

Your mission, should you
choose to accept it, is to open
the fridge and find those leftovers...

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1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Next dice up your ham and shred some sharp cheddar cheese. (Marc and I like sharp because it stands up to the ham and brings lots of flavor.)

2. Lightly coat a length of aluminum foil with a non-stick cooking spray. In my photo, you see Pam, but any neutral-tasting spray will work fine.

3. Open your can of large refrigerator biscuits. In my recipe today I'm using Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk biscuits (8 large biscuits in each container).

4. Tease apart each large, thick biscuit into two thin layers. Each layer will serve as a dough disc to flatten and fill. (In other words, 8 large biscuits will give you 16 pastry pockets.)

5. Use a juice glass to roll out the biscuit layers into flat, even circles. (No rolling pin needed, huzzah!)

6. Place a small dab of mustard in the center of each dough circle. Use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly over the entire surface, as shown below. 

Marc and I like deli mustard for our pastry pockets (our favorite brand is whole grained Boar's Head). You might prefer honey mustard or a Dijon mustard. If you don't like mustard on your ham and cheese, use a condiment you do like or just go naked.

7. Now fill the pastry with your diced ham and shredded cheese combo (or whatever leftovers you've prepared).

8. Fold over the dough circle to form the pastry pocket (as you see in my photos below). Use your fingers to fold over and press the edges closed. Use fork tines to press down and secure.

9. Lightly brush the tops of the pastry with an egg wash (an egg that's been whisked well and thinned out with just a few drops of water). 

10. Create a steam vent by using a pair of sharp kitchen shears, as shown below. Snip the top of the pocket pastry in one or two places.

11. Carefully slide the aluminum foil from your counter to a baking pan and bake in a well-preheated 350 degree F. oven for 15 to 18 minutes, and...

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free recipe PDF.

Eat with joy!
~ Cleo Coyle

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Egg Salad and More Tasty Ideas for Your Holiday Leftovers from Cleo Coyle

Easter eggs are so very pretty.
Bright with spring colors,
they're fun to dye
and equally fun to photograph.

They're also delicious to eat. Will you be eating your Easter eggs? How? With a dash of salt or Tabasco? Or (ironically) as deviled eggs?

Here's how my husband
and I like to eat them:

Cleo Coyle, who always
appreciates a good egg, is author
of The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Cleo Coyle's
Easter Egg
and Bacon Salad
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Makes 4 servings



8 hard boiled eggs
4 slices bacon
2 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
pepper to taste (optional)
1 teaspoon lemon juice 
   or white vinegar (optional)

DIRECTIONS: Peel the hard boiled eggs and chop them into a bowl. Set aside. Place a small skillet over medium heat. Using kitchen shears, cut the bacon into slivers, fry them up in the skillet, and drain them on paper towels. Toss the bacon bits into the bowl with the chopped eggs. Add the fresh, chopped parsley, and mayonnaise. Because the bacon is salty, I never add salt to this salad. A bit of pepper is a nice addition. I sometimes add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. This brings a slight bright tanginess to the salad that you might like, as well.

Would you like a few more leftover ideas?
Click the links below for some
of my past recipes . . .  

Do you have extra potatoes and carrots on hand? My Autumn Potatoes are a healthier version of garlic mashed potatoes. The addition of carrots (and the use of very little butter) make it a tasty recipe with more nutrition and fiber than regular mashed potatoes. They're prettier on your plate, too. But the best part is this: The creamy, buttery potatoes are still the star of this side dish. You hardly taste the carrots.

Click here for the PDF of this recipe.

Is your fridge still full of holiday ham? Here are two ideas. Above is a classic ham salad recipe. Try it on crackers with an olive or slice of jalapeno. Click here for a PDF of my Ham Salad recipe.

Below is a picture of my Italian Easter Pie Palmiers, a very easy appetizer made with frozen puff pastry, a few other ingredients, and your leftover ham. The recipe is based on the flavors in my late aunt Mary's annual Easter pie. Click here for a PDF of my palmiers recipe.

Finally, if you happen to have extra turkey or chicken in the house, try my quick and easy pot pie with cheddar cheese crust. For a PDF of one of my favorite post-holiday leftover meals, click here.

Do you have a favorite
idea for leftovers?

Let us know in the
comments below, and . . .

Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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