Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey and Fixin's Pop Tarts, PLUS, the Fairy Hobmother Wants to Grant a Wish to YOU!! - Parsley, Sage, and Sweet

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey and Fixin’s Pop Tarts, PLUS, the Fairy Hobmother Wants to Grant a Wish to YOU!!

November 26, 2011 at 10:27 am | Posted in Breads, Dinner, Fruit, Holiday, Jams/Jellies, Lunch, Pastry, Pies/Tarts, Poultry, Vegetables, Vegetarian | 70 Comments
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Yes, you read that right – turkey dinner pop tarts. I bet the first thing that comes to mind is pieces of turkey in jam filled pastry with frosting on top, right?  No worries, these are savory pop tarts!  Any sweetness comes from what you usually mishmash together on your Thanksgiving plate, like sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, or fruit in your stuffing.  BUT, what you add to these flaky, tarts of Thanksgiving dinner, is entirely up to you, or what you have left over.

I came up with this idea last week, fully thinking I would have plenty of leftovers to attempt these.  I made SO much food, there was no way I wouldn’t.  Well, happily, there were barely any leftovers because everyone loved everything, but sadly, that left me with nothing to make these pop tarts come to fruition.

Parents to the rescue…they had a small container of one of the stuffings I made (which was amazing..created by Jessica of How Sweet It Is), a bit of cranberry sauce, and a couple of slices of breast meat from my turkey (which was also amazing, created by Amy of SheWears Many Hats).  This year I added some new to my old and always requested Thanksgiving standby’s, and now both of the above will most likely be part of every Thanksgiving repertoire from hereon in.


SO, instead of celebrating Black Friday with my wallet, patience, and sicko traffic jams, I made these.  I partook in a bit of online Black Friday fun, but the best is yet to come on Cyber Monday, and you don’t have to leave your house to get some great deals.  I’ll be there, butt firmly implanted in my computer chair, thank you.

Speaking of deals…did I ever tell you all about the marble pastry board I placed a bid on at ebay?  Welll…for days, I was the only bidder, which is usually what happens.  With 3 minutes left to go, someone started bidding on it…fighting me, until my original bid of $12.00 was up to $40.00!

When it hit $45.00, I gave up..that was just too ridiculous for a small marble pastry board.  I surfed different online stores for another marble board, and sure enough, found the same exact marble pastry board for $14.00!  I couldn’t resist..I sent the obsessed, opposing bidder a message with all the links to the $14.00 pastry board.  She replied with an ‘Eff You’.  That was probably the most gratifying ‘Eff You’ anyone has ever bestowed upon me.

I digress, Mom and Dad save the day.  I couldn’t make as many pop tarts as I wanted to (I made half the recipe and was able to cobble together a top for the 9th dough rectangle that was left without a partner –  for a total of 5 pop tarts), and I didn’t know if they were  going to work, but at least I had something to fill them with.  The urge to try these was so strong, I actually gasped for a second when I realized I might not be able to attempt them - but just one second – I swear.   I may be obsessed with ideas and experimenting, but not that obsessed.  OK, maybe a little more than ‘not that obsessed’.

I know what you may be thinking as I ramble on about my ‘idea’ and ‘experiment’.  Leftover turkey and sides wrapped in a dough and baked?  That’s been done a gazillion times – from homemade hot pockets to empanadas, to turkey pot pie, to savory hand pies.. ad infinitum.

Look at these Thanksgiving croissants from The Milk Bar!

What’s different about these is that they’re streamlined.  You cannot  fit a ton of filling into a pop tart.  You get just the right amount of turkey, cranberry and stuffing (or whatever leftover sides you want to add with the turkey) with each bite, without filling oozing all over the place (not that that’s a bad thing), and they’re definitely much more portable, like your basic boxed pop tart, albeit, much better because it’s all homemade – nothing artificial.

I over-baked these by about 6 minutes (33 minutes).  So, about 25-27 minutes, as you see in the first photo up top, is just about right.

How could I forget the best part?   You can heat these up in a pop-up toaster once they’ve baked and cooled.  Try that with a big, fat loaded hand or turkey pot pie!  You can also make tons of them (double the dough recipe) and freeze, unbaked, taking out how ever many you need, for 6 months – OR, you can bake them and freeze them – again, taking out what you need, but letting them thaw, then heating them up in the oven, toaster oven, or, my fave, the pop-up toaster!

Not exactly the best interior photos, but trust me, these look A LOT better away from my Lowel Ego Light.  Most importantly, they’re delicious – so flaky and loaded with Thanksgiving dinner flavor!

Obviously, I’m selling you on these because they did work.  They’re awesome.  I’m eating one as I type this.  I used an herb pie dough for these, but you can use any favorite pie dough recipe.  Also – for the fillings, use any combination of leftovers with the turkey – from turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, to turkey, mashed potatoes, and whatever vegetable(s) you have left over  to just turkey, a little gravy and mashed potatoes.  How about a turkey – sweet potato or candied yam pop tart?

As you can see in the photo collage, I was lucky enough to have scrounged some candied sweet potatoes before they poofed until next year. Of course you can completely omit the turkey and make these vegetarian!

Is it just me, or is there far too many exclamation points in this entry?

I made one change to the recipe after biting into one.  Instead of the thin slices of turkey you see in the collage above, I changed it to two tablespoons chopped turkey per pop tart.  I did this because with some bites, I ended up pulling out the whole slice of turkey, having to bite down to break it in half so I wasn’t left with a pop tart without turkey.

Finally, how would you like a visit to your blog by the Fairy Hobmother to grant you a wish, one which you can then pass on to your readers?  Thanks to Jamie from Life’s a Feast, the Fairy Hobmother stopped by my blog and gifted me with an Amazon gift certificate!  Since I couldn’t decide what I wanted or needed, the Fairy Hobmother gave me a gift coupon to Amazon so I can choose what I want when I can figure it out. 

If you leave a comment, – make a wish, since the Fairy Hobmother will be watching over my comment section to choose someone to sprinkle fairy dust on – in other words, receive what you wish for!  Leave a comment and you might get lucky!

Thanksgiving Leftover Pop Tarts
Yield:  9 Pop Tarts – maybe 10 with dough scraps

Herbed All-Butter Flaky Pie Dough
Inspired by my Grandmother’s recipe card
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, chilled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and frozen
About 6 tablespoons ice water

DIRECTIONS:
1. Blend first 6 ingredients in processor until herbs are very finely chopped. Add frozen butter. Pulse processor until mixture resembles coarse meal.

2. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Using a fork, mix enough ice water into flour mixture to form moist clumps.You want it to look raggedy with lumps of butter.  Gather dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and gently flatten into rectangle. Wrap tightly and chill 30 minutes. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled. Let dough soften slightly before rolling out.)

Pop Tart Filling
* 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped turkey breast meat
9 heaping tablespoons stuffing
9 tablespoons cranberry sauce
OR – any combination of leftover sides you prefer, a tablespoon or small amount of each
1 egg, beaten
Grated parmesan, Grana Padano or any hard, aged Italian cheese. (optional)

* You can make these completely vegetarian by omitting the turkey.  So many possibilities!

ROLL, CUT AND ASSEMBLE POP TARTS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Remove both pieces of dough from the refrigerator. Let sit until workable.

2. Place one piece of the chilled and workable dough on a lightly floured work surface.  Roll it into a rectangle about 1/8″ thick, large enough that you can trim it to an even 9″ x 12″. Trim off the edges so you have a perfect 9″ x 12″ rectangle.  Roll and trim second piece of dough the same way.  Wrap and refrigerate dough scraps, you may have enough for another pop tart.

3. Using a ruler, make notches every 3-inches across 9-inch side.  Make notches every 4-inches across 12-inch side.  Cut using a pizza wheel or pressing down with a very sharp knife, as straight as you can, so you have 9  3″ x 4″ rectangles of dough. Repeat all of the above with second sheet of dough.  You will now have 18 3″ x 4″ rectangles of dough.

4.  Brush 9 rectangles of dough lightly with beaten egg.  Let sit until egg is tacky instead of wet and slippery, about 5 minutes.

5.  Spread 1 tablespoon stuffing over each of the 9 rectangles, leaving about 1/4-inch or a bit more, clean along each edge around the rectangle, so you’ll be able to seal them.  Top stuffing with 2 tablespoons chopped turkey and a tablespoon of cranberry sauce.  Repeat with the rest of the dough rectangles.

6. Top each filled rectangle of dough with a rectangle from the second piece of dough. Press down each edge to seal it well, then press the tines of a fork all around the edges of the rectangle. Repeat with remaining pop tarts.

If you’re not going to bake them immediately – NOW is the time to freeze them.  Place tarts on baking sheet and freeze until frozen solid.  Place them in a freezer bag and freeze up to 6 months.  To bake frozen, add 5 to 10 minutes to original baking time in a 350 F preheated oven.

7.  Gently lift pop tarts and place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet, three per row.  Brush each pop tart with remaining beaten egg, and sprinkle with some parmesan or any hard Italian grating cheese you prefer (I used grated Grana Padano).  Poke holes to vent the pop tarts.  I poked three rows with a fork.

8.  Place baking sheet with pop tarts in refrigerator for 30 minutes.  No need to cover them since they’re brushed with egg wash.

9.  Remove baking sheet from refrigerator and put in preheated oven.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, until light golden brown.

If you want to freeze them already baked – let cool at room temperature, then freeze them on the baking sheet until frozen.  Put pop tarts in a freezer bag for up to 6 months, To serve and eat, let them thaw in the refrigerator, then heat in a 350 F oven or toaster oven for about 10-15 minutes  OR, just pop them in a pop-up toaster for a few minutes.

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  1. A wish…mhmm, I wish for my very own Kitchen Aid Mixer…The one I have was loaned to me by a friend and he might want it back soon!

  2. these pop tarts look awesome. i am wishing for a new dremel rotary tool

  3. Hmmm yummy! I was meaning to make some pumpkin pop tarts but maybe I’ll make them savory instead of sweet.

    While I love my mixer that I own now, I definitely wish for a new Kitchen Aid mixer.

  4. Those look awesome! I really like the idea and absolutely love leftovers.

    Congrats on getting a visit from the fairy hobmother!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Now, I don’t even eat meat but this is such a creative, clever idea!! It’s also so much more fun than the usual turkey wellingtons or turkey tettrazini I hear everyone doing! Nice idea! As far as the fairy hobmother wish, I would love some new attachments for my mixer! :D

  6. These pop tarts look amazing! This Christmas I am wishing for a kitten, but since that is perhaps not a practical gift to wish for online, an Amazon gift card would also be amazing! ;)

  7. I could use a new electric can opener………..these old arthritic hands don’t do so well with the hand held opener anymore.

  8. Your tarts are a great idea! They’ve given me the idea to try some with turkey and a bit of cream of mushroom soup and maybe some cheese or some of that new Philadelphia cooking cream in garlic. Yum!

    My fairy hobmother wish is for a red kitchenaid mixer (oh how i want one of those!) or a food processor (never owned one of them but ready!). Congrats on your visit!

  9. This really is a coolio idea! Love it!

    My wish would be a bit odd probably. But here goes anyhoo … I want this Apicius cookbook http://www.amazon.com/Apicius-Critical-Introduction-English-Translation/dp/1903018137/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2G89BH2FWYE6W&colid=2SM8JH528PCKN

    hehehehehe!

    Happy Thanksgiving. ; )

  10. What a brilliant idea. They look delicious!! I would wish for so many things but probably a new microwave at present would be nice.

  11. You made a poptart with leftover roast dinner?! *_* HERO. Good plan to cut up the turkey (I’m always dragging whole slices of meat out my sandwich and having to poke them back in), but that big chunky bit there … cor.

    My wish would be for an ice cream maker, I think. :)

    Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I don’t blame you sitting out the Black Friday sales. I can’t even handle crowds of calm, happy people very well.

  12. These look so awesome!

  13. great idea Lisa, love the flavor combos in them and the crust with all those herbs looks fantastic. I passed on Black Friday too but I shall be there for Cyber Monday too! I bet your Thanksgiving was wonderful wish I could have partaken at that meal :) have a great week my friend xoxox

  14. Just that herbs dough alone looks de-lish–and what a great idea for leftovers. You have me dreaming of sweet potato casserole inside one! What do I wish–I really wish we were neighbors!

  15. So glad the Fairy Hobmother stopped by here too! Love this idea for making a new and exciting dish out of leftovers :).

  16. These put my leftover turkey enchilada-burritos to shame. Such a creative idea. I will keep these in mind for next year’s leftovers!

  17. Lisa, this is awesome!! I’ve been wanting to make some homemade pop tarts for a while now, but this has got to be the most creative use of Thanksgiving Leftovers ever! I really wish I had leftovers to make this!

  18. These look great.

    Lisa you must add your great pie recipe to http://wherewomencook.com/pieography/ – they’re creating a pie publication (legit magazine – both Where Women Create and Where Women Cook), you’d get $1000 and publication in our cookbook if chosen.

    Good luck!

    • (I pasted the $1000 and publication note from their site – not involved so not “our” – I have nothing to do with it, just follow them on FB – didn’t edit the paste)

  19. Reblogged this on inspiredweightloss.

  20. Very cute little poptarts and hand pies are always popular. The herb crust sounds like a wonderful idea.

  21. I’m not such a huge fan of Thanksgiving dinner, but since it was 6 weeks ago here, I can look back on it more fondly. I’d stuff my pop tart with the only parts I like: stuffing, gravy and turkey skin. There are never any leftover sweet potatoes when I’m around!
    What new appliance would I wish for? I haven’t got space for a stand mixer, but I think I could squeeze an ice cream maker in here somewhere.

  22. These are so much fun! And look absolutely delicious. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but we always have lots of Turkey leftovers at Christmas. My mum rules the roost in terms of cooking over the holidays, so am going to suggest this recipe to her :-) (and you can never have too many exclamation marks in a post if it looks this good!)

  23. what a fun idea to make savory pop tarts, i love the dough with the herbs and such fun fillings with various turkey leftovers!

  24. what a delicious idea to use Thanksgiving leftovers. I’m gonna keep in mind the herbed (is that a word) dough, next time i’m making savory pies.

  25. Once again, I’m taking the risk to sound repeticious…Lisa, you’re truly a gal after my own ‘foodie’ heart. Not only are you inspiring many to use left-overs wisely…you rock as a relentless frugal shopper…eff’en remarks and all ;o))

    Keep up that infectious spirit Lisa…always puts a grin on my face.

    Have a productive week and flavourful wishes of course ;)
    Ciao, Claudia

  26. This is just a brilliant use of leftovers. The herbed pie dough is inspired!

  27. seriously, I was reading this at 4AM on my phone, and it made me bloody hungry!!!!!!!

    This seriously sounds freaking fantastic!!!

    As for a hobmother wish, I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO need a new electric hand-held mixer!!! Mine literally exploded in my hands a few weeks ago, and my life just hasn’t been the same.

    So please please, pick me!

    I wish for a new electric hand-held mixer!!!!!

  28. I wish for this so I can have pre made meals ready for surprise guests :)
    Whirlpool AFG070NFE-AP Chest Freezer Freestanding White

  29. These look like something I could make for my baby boy – he’s very into feeding himself right now.

    As for my wish – i wish I had the money to buy him a special present or two. His first birthday is 5 days after Christmas. Hubby’s hours at work have been cut and we are struggling to pay the bills – let alone buy Christmas presents.

  30. We have several items on our wish list including a new FoodSaver and food processor (both of these we had and used them to oblivion!). I’d also like a video camera so we can capture those precious moments of my little girl’s growing up (it’s already happening too fast!)

  31. These look awesome! Finally… a ‘new’ way to use holiday leftovers! Thanks! And Congrats on your Fairy Hobmother visit too! My wish would have to be for a kitchen scale- maybe, just maybe I could finally make a decent macaron instead of the thin flat things I keep having come out of my oven! Grrrrrrrrrrr (frustrated growl)!
    Happy Holidays!

  32. I would really really love a new Kitchen Aid mixer – I bake a great deal for friends, family, church and charities and my old one can’t handle the stress. Thank you.

  33. First, I have to say… I REALLY REALLY want those pop tarts! What a genius idea! Yum!

    As for a material thing, I’m not sure. Either Godiva chocolates lol or a Kitchen Aid Mixer. I’ve wanted one for years but it’s not something in our budget.

  34. Genius! Pure genius Lisa :) My tummy is growling already, wishing I had one of those tarts in my hand.

    As for EBAY, some people get sooo caught up in the one-upmanship they lose sight of the thing they’re actually bidding for huh? Glad you found your bargain marble slab in the end. And nice touch with the email, heh heh.

  35. Genius Lisa!! I love these, unfortunately we don’t have much leftovers except for my weird vegetable side dishes. Nobody wants to eat a lightfare of vegetable dishes on Thanksgiving apparently.
    And I would totally send the link to the highest bidder as well, accompanied by an evil laugh! Gosh, people just like bidding rush I guess.
    Fairy Hobmother, my teflon coated pans are in bad shape and the coating is peeling off, showing white/beige spots now. Not sure if I am poisoning everyone in the household. Would love to have a new pot set, one of those 3ply all clad stainless steel beauties..

  36. I would love a pretty new countertop mixer just in time to start baking for the holidays!

  37. What a GREAT idea! This looks gooooood!

  38. Great use of turkey leftover! Love those gorgeous pop tarts.

  39. Hiiiiiiii Lis!
    Can’t believe you stopped by,
    I was just about to send you a link to my dessert, and thank you for the inspiration-
    Your verrines dessert was absolutely amazing!
    I just have to try out the strawberry version, it look sooo delicious!
    So I’m really glad you like the takeoff.
    I’m deep in the tuile madness lately, so almost everything I do includes these cute ones, hehe
    Good to see you and hope everything is great! Greeting from Israel

    p.s.
    These pop tarts look amazingggg

  40. Such a good idea to chop up the turkey meat, Lisa. :-) I HATE biting into things and pulling out the whole slab of meat in the first bite. :-) I think these are a perfectly splendid idea and would be so good to slip into work lunches or take on a picnic. :-)

  41. I love the idea of your flakey butter crust-so much better than the original one (which is kind of like cardboard to me :P)

  42. I love pop tarts, and this one with herbed dough is going straight to my list. Great way to use leftovers. Your photos are making me drool… as always :)

  43. I could so use a Kitchen Aid mixer. The mixer I have now is like a 1960 Sunbeam. Poor thing.

  44. What great leftover idea… Instead of piling all those flavors onto a fork you got it in a beautifully put together pop tart. Great idea for kids lunch and any snack at all. Beautiful photos on how you did it. Makes me hungry.

  45. So have you done all your online xmas shopping. Hahaha I love your Ebay story! These pop tarts are just brilliant, as all your cooking ideas. Kudos! I hope the Fairy Hobmother picks me :-D

  46. Hello My dear Miss Santa Claus!!
    How are you??? I miss coming here so often…..
    My wish this year, is to open my own coffee shop/bakery in
    warm place with 24/7 sunshine…..(i guess this is hard to find)

    I hope your had a great Thanksgiving ….
    Arlette

    • So great to see you here Arlette! I want to hear more about your upcoming coffee shop/bakery!! I guarantee it won’t be just a ‘wish’ much longer, you’re too talented!

  47. What a clever idea for turkey leftovers! The herb pie crust looks pretty…I think I will try these poptarts after christmas day :))

  48. My daughter and I made these tonight using a rotisserie chicken from the market, stuffing and sliced, cooked carrots. The rest of the family made us promise many repeat performances..my son and husband naming all kinds of goodies we could fill your amazing flaky herb dough with! Thank You much much!!

  49. These savory pop tarts are such a genius idea! I can imagine freezing some and just popping these out when you’re in a hurry.

    The fairyhobmother, I’ve heard of him/her before, but I still don’t believe he/she exists. But, if the fairyhobmother does exist, I’d really love a new set of 6-inch and 8-inch cake pans to replace the ones in my pantry.

  50. Hi Lisa-This is my favorite idea of what to do with leftovers from Thanksgiving. How creative and delicious:)What a deal you got on the marble pastry board!! Hope you had a lovely week. xo

  51. O those look lovely! Believe it or not; I’ve never made a turkey before and we are gonna attempt it for Christmas dinner so it’s good that I already know what to make with the leftovers! And I was visited by the fairy hobmother too!!

  52. Thank you so much for this genius idea!!! I doubled the dough and used up every bit of turkey breast meat, stuffing and cranberry sauce last week, then froze them (19 pop tarts with scraps). We baked some last night with cheddar on top, and oh my goodness, they were so DELICIOUS! That dough is the flakiest I’ve ever had!

    • @ Cathy and @Diane SO happy you both loved the pop tarts! I really think they should start marketing savory pop tarts..nice and thin, you know?

  53. I AM THRILLED you got the gift card! Yay! That was one of my own wishest that was granted! And LOVE the idea of these savory pop tarts. How yummy and how fun! Delicious! And ha I love the story of the cutting board and aren’t you so sassy for sending the link to the Eff You chick! xoxo

  54. This is such a good idea!! Definitely one of the most creative Thanksgiving leftover recipes I’ve seen. And congrats on the gift card! I’d love to win one too :-D

  55. Turkey pop tarts? Seriously? That’s brilliant!

  56. Lisa, Once again I’m impressed by your creative culinary brilliance! I am not going to wait for leftovers…nope, I’m going to roast a chicken so that I can make your fabulous, savory pop tarts! Bravo to you, Lisa!

  57. That’s a fantastic idea – may have to give it a go on Boxing day! The photos on my blog are largely taken with my phone – I would love a new camera! I still don’t understand the Fairy Hobmother, but what a lovely thing to do x

  58. I love eating while I type. These sound fabulous. Now I want to cook another turkey just to have leftovers.

  59. We were looking for something fun and new to try – guess we will give the turkey pop tarts a whirl. :)

  60. Since I adopted two stray kittens, my tiny apartment has become Cat Hair Central! Help!! My old worn out vacuum cleaner was fine when it was just me, but now it’s inadequate for getting up pet hair and dander, especially from furniture. My list of needs (and wants!) is long this year (my kitchen oven quit working completely and only 2 burners still work – Christmas without baking?? unthinkable!) but I’d be thrilled with a new vacuum cleaner. Something has to give… either the fur babies go or the hair goes. I hope it’s the hair. :)

  61. This is such a fun, inventive, and delicious sounding idea! I wish I’d actually tried it out when I still had Thanksgiving leftovers hanging around.

    Also, pretty neat that you got visited by the Fairy Hobmother! I’ve heard murmurs of her all over, but she’s still so elusive… what a fun idea. I have been hoping for a DSLR camera for ages since I shoot all my blog photos on my little point-and-shoot, and I’m hoping this year’s the year I finally get one!

  62. Hey Lisa,could you tell me where you got your pastry board? I’m on the hunt for one and I suddenly remembered ur story :)

    • Hi, Shana! I have many different pastry and cutting boards, but I’d have to say John Boos boards are my favorites :)

      • thanks Lisa. You are such an inspiration!

  63. What a great idea! My husband loves savory treats, and this one will await him on Black Friday!

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