Sunday, October 17, 2010

Trick-or-Treat Turnovers


These Trick-or-Treat Turnovers are lots of fun for the kids (and adults too)! Canned biscuit dough is flattened to a four inch circle and filled with a beef filling. A second biscuit is flattened into another 4 inch circle and carved just like a pumpkin. The carved biscuit is placed over the biscuit with the meat mixture and pinched to seal the edges. Each Trick-or-Treat Turnover is brushed with a lightly beaten egg and baked until golden, about 15 minutes.

The filling for the Trick-or-Treat Turnovers can easily be switched to anything your heart desires. The possibilities are endless. You could even build a little "build your own station" with lots of chopped up little fillings and different cheese so that each person could customized theirs to their own liking. Either way, it really is a very fun way to spend time together in the kitchen.

Trick-or-Treat Turnovers
Adapted from Taste of Home Ultimate Halloween Magazine, also found online HERE
Makes 8 very large turnovers
1/2 pound of ground beef (I used 95% lean)
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
4 ounces cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup prepared mustard (I subbed tomato paste)
2 tubes (16.3 ounces each) large refrigerated flaky biscuits (I used Grands Golden Wheat,Reduced Fat)
1 egg, lightly beaten

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add cheese and mustard; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Cool slightly.

Flatten each biscuit into a 4-in circle; place four biscuits in each of two greased 15-in x 10-in x 1-in baking pans. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of meat mixture onto each.

Using a sharp knife or cookie cutters, cut out jack-o'-lantern faces from remaining biscuit circles; place over meat mixture and pinch edges to seal tightly. Reroll scraps if desired and cut out stems for pumpkins.

Brush with egg. Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes (mine took about 20 minutes) or until golden brown.

Notes/Results:
These turnovers are probably our favorite Halloween-inspired recipe so far. Everyone really had a great time and enjoyed customizing their own pumpkin. I'm thinking of making these for our neighborhood Halloween party and creating a build your own station for the kids. There are a couple of notes worth sharing. The turnovers themselves are quite big. I think it would be possible to cut one biscuit in half and use one one biscuit to make each turnover. Also, depending on the filling they can be a little on the dry side. I think they would be great served with a dipping sauce on the side. Depending on your filling you could use honey mustard, marinara, cheese sauce, or barbecue sauce.

I am submitting these little handheld Halloween treats to my friend Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sundays event. Happy 2nd birthday Souper Sundays!


I am submitting this to my friend Brenda at Brenda's Canadian Kitchen for her weekly celebration of cookbooks, Cookbook Sundays.

I am also submitting these turnovers to my friend Roz over at La Bella Vita for her Seasonal Saturdays event.

32 comments:

  1. Kim, these are adorable! I just love them. The funny thing is I know my 20 year old son and 25 year old daughter would love them, lol. So simple too. Great Halloween recipe. Thank you so much for sharing these on Cookbook Sundays. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  2. how cute kim ! We do ot have biscuits dough but I figure any pastry dough cuol work don't you think ?

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  3. Hi Kim, Thanks for the note about the linky.....ooops, I had "AM" and not "PM" typed in. But I made the change and now you can link up these great turnovers. How darling! Your kids loved them, I'm sure! Thanks again for both your recipe and letting me know! Friends are the best! Hugs, Roz

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  4. Very cute, Kim. Halloween themed food is always so much fun.

    On Oct 28, Wendy at Around My Family Table is doing a Halloween themed round-up (http://aroundmyfamilytable.blogspot.com/). You might consider linking this post! Everyone will love it.

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  5. These are too much fun for the holiday. Even with college kids - they get enchanted with Halloween treats.

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  6. Oh Kim these are just adorable! They are SO bookmarked for when I have kids. Or when I have a bunch of med students over for dinner...they are similar to small children in so many ways...

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  7. These are so cute. I can't wait to make holiday themed food for my 14 mo old daughter.

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  8. Those are simply adorable! Your kiddies must be over the moon to be eating these.
    *kisses* HH

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  9. Oh these are too cute. Great dinner idea.

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  10. These are so very cool!! I'll be making them with my kids this week!!

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  11. These are just darling! I know my kids (including my 17 year old) would love them. Great idea, I think I might be making this recipe for our neighborhood block party which is happening on the 30th. I bet they will be a hit with kids and adults alike :o)

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  12. These are darling! I think even my picky great-niece would eat them. I'm sure they'll be the hit of the party.

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  13. Too cute! Thanks for sharing, this might be fun to do with my granddaughter.

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  14. How fun these are and much more exciting than a regular sandwich! ;-) Thanks for sending them to Souper Sundays and helping me celebrate 2 years of weekly soups, salads and sandwiches--your support means so much.

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  15. What a fun idea! I'm thinking a Tex Mex version would be great too.

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  16. So very cute! I know we'd love these.

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  17. oh these look great and fun to munch on no worries its hard to visit everyones blogs all the time hugs Rebecca

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  18. These are so cute Kim! My whole family would love them for a Halloween treat!

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  19. so cute and so creative, as always!

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  20. Look at you, multi-tasking with your posts! These are really, really cute. They look good enough to eat. I'll take two.

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  21. These are so cute, Kim! I know my little ones would have fun making these...and of course, eating them ;)!!

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  22. These are adorable! A perfect way to get little ones to eat dinner before trick or treating.

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  23. This looks like something my mom would have made us when we were little. Love it.. so festive :)

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  24. Kim, those are so cute! I wish I had kids in the house...oh well, I think I'll make them for the adults! :)

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  25. Fun! My guys might be a little to "big" to appreciate them until they took a bite. :)
    ~ingrid

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  26. How awesome are those!?!? I like the idea of setting up the turnover toppings bar. These rock, Kim.

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  27. How very creative! If you want a sweet one, put Nutella in there instead of meat. I would eat either one.

    I have missed visiting with you and all the other blogs I frequent. Catch up time!

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  28. These are so fun and cute! My kids would absolutely adore these. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. I just saw something similar in one of my cookbooks and wanted to make them! So cute!

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  30. Forget the kids, this adult might not share these! What a great idea.

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  31. Those are adorable! Thanks for posting.

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