Ground Turkey Puff

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I don’t normally like turkey. When Thanksgiving comes around, I prefer chicken. Turkey just doesn’t do it for me. But, for no explainable reason, ground turkey is delicious. I would actually pick it over ground beef, and boy do I love cows. It doesn’t hurt that it’s healthier either, but I can guarantee you that is not my prime reasoning for this preference (obviously).

I think today’s recipe is the most confusing one I’ve posted thus far. Not because it’s hard to do, but because I did it in two ways and am showing you both. Try to follow along and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

You’ll need:

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  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry

Steps:

1. Cook the ground turkey in a pan on medium-high heat. Once the meat starts browning and producing juices, add the taco seasoning. You’ll want to stir often until the juices are absorbed and the meat is cooked completely. Set aside.

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2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3. Roll out your puff pastry. This is where you have a couple of different options. You can either pick one of the ways I show or create your own.

Way one: Roll out each of the sheets into two 1/4in thick pieces.

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Way two: Roll out both sheets to same thickness as way one. Then cut into 2in x 2in squares.

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4. Mix cooked ground turkey with ricotta and mozzarella.

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5. If you chose way one, pour half of the mixture into the middle of dough. Fold over both corners on one side, then do the same for the other. It should create a diamond shape. Use the rest of the mixture on the other sheet and repeat the process.

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If you chose way two, scoop about a tbsp of the mixture onto half of the squares (1 sheet). Cover each piece with one of the empty squares to create a sandwich. Press the edges to seal the stuffing. Push down the middle to spread out the inside evenly.

photo 5*You can beat an egg and brush onto the top of the dough at this point if you want to create a more browned crust.

6. Bake until the dough is golden and flaky. The time depends on which option you chose and how thick you rolled the puff pastry. For option one, it took about 33 minutes. For option two, it took about 24. Check on it often and take out when cooked.

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Gimme some oven lovin’.

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