Thursday, July 14, 2011

Savory Sausage, Spinach, & Onion Turnovers

A long time ago, in a land far far away, I actually sat down and planned my meals out for the week. I didn't have to worry and fret and discuss for half an hour with the husband about what to eat that night when dinnertime rolled around. Then I went on vacation. And we moved. Shoo, we're still moving. (I'm not altogether sure why it's taking us three plus weeks, but it has.)

But the end is in sight. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Actually, it's called "the old place is officially giving us the boot," so we better have everything empty and all sparkly-clean by Saturday. Yeesh.

All I can say is, thank goodness. I'm over trying to cleaning two places simultaneously. I'm ready to get back to not feeling like I was hit by a truck when I get up in the morning. And bumming in front of the TV at night with the hubby. And making the hubby cook when I've already planned out the meal but "just don't feel like cooking". Kind of like I did with these turnovers. :)

Savory Sausage, Spinach, & Onion Turnovers

Adapted from: Cooking Light, April 2011

Cooking spray
2/3 cups diced, peeled red potatoes
1/3 cup onion, diced
2 (3.5 ounce) links hot Italian sausage, casings removed
3 cups baby spinach
2 tablespoons basil, minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 (14.1 ounce) package refrigerated pie dough
2 tablespoons water
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Warm a large non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and onion to pan, stirring frequently for 4 minutes, or until onion begins to brown. Add sausage. Crumble sausage with the back of a cooking utensil while cooking for 4 minutes, or until browned. Add spinach to sausage mixture, cooking until spinach just begins to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in basil, salt, and crushed red pepper. Remove from heat.

On a lightly floured surface, divide the pie dough into 4 equal sections. (Optional: Roll each section out into a 5-inch circle.) Place 1/4 of the sausage mixture on half of each dough section, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold empty half of dough over sausage mixture and crimp together the edges with the back of a fork.

Transfer turnovers to prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the egg white and water, stirring with a whisk. Brush egg wash over the top of each turnover. Sprinkle each turnover with about 2 teaspoons of Parmesan. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Serves: 4

While these may appear at first glance to be somewhat fancy and possibly time consuming and difficult to make, let me assure you this is not the case. Adam made these. That should be proof in and of itself. It's officially male-tested, and approved. Okay, not without a few curse-words from ripping the dough a couple of times, but these did successfully happen.

These aren't oh-my-goodness jump-off-the-plate amazing, but they do make for a pretty solid and filling meal. This recipe does, however, lend itself to lots of interpretation and play on flavors, so feel free to mix it up however you want!

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 290Calories from fat 139
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15.4g24%
Saturated Fat 5.2g26%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 621mg26%
Total Carbs 22.3g7%
Fiber 2.6g10%
Sugars 2.1g
Protein 15.2g
Vitamin A 45%Vitamin C 35%
Calcium 9%Iron 12%


  1. These sound delicious! I love sausage and spinach together! Good luck finishing your move!

  2. Savory turn overs sounds delicious. I feel your pain with cleaning we are putting our house on the market next week. Magic Eraser is my best friend as I think I've gone through 5 boxes of them. Sigh!!! I dread the process and moving as I do my meal planning for the week to, but now i"ll have to keep my kitchen spotless for showings. UGH!

  3. Yes please! I love savory turnovers. More so even than sweet ones. I am much more of a savory person anyways, so these just look amazing to me. YUM!

  4. These look fantastic, great job! Love this recipe :)

  5. I envy anyone who has the time to plan every meal. I plan some, but definitely not all. I am sure you will be back on track with your normal schedule soon.
    In the meantime, glad to see you have come up with something hearty and tasty in all the chaos of moving. It looks like a very good meal.

  6. These look great. I make a calazone that is similar but no potatoes. And the cheese on top, the browning - YUM! Glad to hear the chaos is about to end.

  7. male tested - love it. Mine has begun to fail at that every chance he gets just so he doesn't have to cook... ever again... >.>

    Im going to have to show him these the next night I work late.

  8. I hope you get yourself back on track. Your turnovers sound pretty good and look even better.

    I also subscribe toa blog called "fifteen spatulas" do you know it?



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