Saturday, September 26, 2020

#Hand Pies with Curried Ground Turkey & Peas By Denise Swanson

I was looking for something different for dinner and these really fit the bill. Definitely, not a flavor profile that I already have in my bag of tricks. These samosa-inspired savory hand pies call for curry powder and garam masala, spice blends that allow you to add the power of 10 spices in just two ingredients. The filling makes enough to freeze half and use a second time with another package of pre-made pizza dough.

2 tablespoons corn oil, divided
1 pound ground turkey
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small potato, diced
I can peas
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
1 ¼ teaspoons curry powder, divided
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup tomato sauce
All-purpose flour for rolling
1 package of premade pizza dough
¾ cup shredded pepper Jack cheese

Preheat to 475 degrees F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey, onion and potato; cook, breaking up the meat and stirring occasionally, until the turkey is no longer pink and the potato is tender, about 7 minutes.

Stir in peas, garlic, garam masala, 1 teaspoon curry powder and salt; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in tomato sauce and remove from heat.

On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 4 square pieces. Roll out one piece into a rectangle and transfer to a prepared pan.

Place a generous 1/2 cup filling on one half of the rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese.

Brush the border with water and fold the top half over the filling. Fold the edges over and crimp with a fork to seal. Make several small slits in the top to vent steam. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

Mix the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon curry powder in a small bowl.

Brush on the pies.

Bake the pies until browned on top, 10-15 minutes.

Let cool slightly before serving.


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  1. I wonder how these pies would do in the air fryer. I’ll have to try them. Thanks from

  2. A great alternative to a standard samosa without frying.

  3. We've been on the hand pies kick lately. Delta Hand Pies were doing a fundraiser, and I ordered some to be delivered. I've been hooked since. Yesterday, we received the Japanese curry and ratatouille nicoise. Both are delicious.

  4. Looks yummy, Denise! I'm definitely making this ASAP.