Leftover Turkey Empanadas (Hand-Held Pies)

Turkey Empanadas
Leftover Turkey Empanadas. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 34 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 14 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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These turkey empanadas are a quick and easy preparation with a filling of turkey, mashed potatoes, and dressing, along with some complementary seasonings. Refrigerated pie crusts make this recipe especially easy.

The turkey empanadas are a fabulous way to use all of your Thanksgiving leftovers, and the little hand-held pies are delicious with cranberry sauce on the side.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (14 oz)package (about 14 ounces) refrigerated pie crust sheets
  • 1 1/2 cups diced cooked turkey
  • 1/3 cup 
  • turkey gravy (cold, from leftover or a jar)
  • 3/4 cup 
  • mashed potatoes (cold, seasoned)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (finely chopped)
  • 3/4 cup ​
  • dressing (leftover, bread or cornbread)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 egg white beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll each pastry round to about 12-inches. Cut out 3 6-inch rounds, then roll the remaining scraps out to cut out 1 more 6-inch round. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the turkey with the gravy; set aside.
  4. Combine the mashed potatoes with parsley in another small bowl.
  5. On each 6-inch round, mound about 1 1/2 tablespoons of mashed potatoes. Top with about 1 tablespoon of dressing, then about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the turkey mixture. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Wet the edges with water, fold over, and seal with the tines of a fork. Cut a few slits in the top of each empanada and arrange on a parchment paper or silicone lined baking sheet.
  1. Beat egg white with 1 teaspoon water and brush each empanada lightly with the mixture.
  2. Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes, or until nicely browned.
  3. Serve with cranberry sauce on the side.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 2291
Total Fat 79 g
Saturated Fat 19 g
Unsaturated Fat 27 g
Cholesterol 904 mg
Sodium 1,704 mg
Carbohydrates 83 g
Dietary Fiber 29 g
Protein 315 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)