I'm sitting here thinking about how to start this post and the only thing I can really think of is FINALLY it's Monday, November 25th and I can officially share these apple turnovers with you guys! Today is our monthly Mystery Dish reveal day and yes, we have indeed pushed it a few days forward cause we know the last thing you'll want to think about after Thanksgiving day is food. But anything before Thanksgiving is totally game, so here we are!
Our host this month was Krista from over at Joyful Healthy Eats, and boy did she have an ingredient list prepared for us. Her mystery box included: lamb, apple, butternut squash, puff pastry, frosted flakes, goat cheese, fresh rosemary, cherry pie filling, spinach, and coriander. And this time, we had to use THREE of the ingredients. Homegirl was ready to make us work! It's a good thing we all love a good challenge :)
Now if I'm being totally honest, I wasn't super creative with this month's ingredients. As soon as I saw the apples and puff pastry, I knew that was turnovers just waiting to happen. I've never actually worked with puff pastry before, so, it would be a new experience for me. I've also never put coriander anywhere near my apples, so that was certainly a risk I was taking. But other than that, I took a pretty straightforward route.
Well, something straightforward and simple turned out to be pretty friggin phenomenal. Why on earth am I just now getting acquainted with puff pastry? Seriously, this flaky buttery goodness is amazing. Also, coriander totally works with apples, guys. Totally. I could not get enough of this filling. I had some left over and ate it with a spoon- THAT good.
I thought of maybe dressing the turnovers with a glaze but I really liked them the way they were and didn't want to overdo it. The flavors shined well enough on their own. I'm thinking a caramel version of these would be awesome though. Oh the endless possibilities!
I owe Krista a huge thank you for introducing me to the world of puff pastry, and Dani too, for coming up with this whole Mystery Dish challenge shindig! This is going to be the start of a wonderful relationship. Thank you ladies!
Apple TurnoversYield: 9 turnovers
Ingredients:1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 egg + 1 tablespoon water
Directions:Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter. When butter is melted, add brown sugar, cinnamon, coriander, cornstarch, and water and stir to combine. Add diced apples and stir to coat. Bring to a boil, then simmer on medium low heat for 10-15 minutes, or until apples are tender and caramelized. Transfer apple mixture to a plastic container and set aside to cool.
Unfold pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 12x12 inch square, then cut into 9 equal squares. Place squares onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
In a small bowl, mix together egg and water to make an egg wash.
Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of apple mixture onto the center of each square. Lightly brush two sides of the square with egg wash. Fold the square diagonally to form a triangle, pinching the sides to seal it shut. Crimp the edges with a fork.
Brush the tops of the triangles with egg wash, then cut 2 or 3 slits to allow steam to escape during baking.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on sheets for 5-10 minutes, then serve warm.