Thursday, September 01, 2005

Pear, Leek and Gruyere Turnovers

Source: Bon Appetit, March 2001

2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups chopped leeks
1 6-7-ounce firm but ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 cup (about 3 ounces) grated Gruyere cheese, packed
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 17.3-ounce package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
1 egg, beaten to blend (for glaze)

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks; stir 1 minute. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until leeks begin to brown, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Stir in pear and sugar. Increase heat to medium; sauté uncovered until any liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl; cool. Stir in cheese and chives.

Place puff pastry sheets on work surface. Using a 4 1/2-inch-diameter tartlet pan or bowl as aid, cut out 4 rounds from each pastry sheet. Roll out each pastry round to 5-inch circle. Place leek mixture on half of each pastry round, dividing equally. Brush pastry edges with egg glaze. Fold pastry over filling, pressing to adhere. Press edges with fork to seal. Brush turnovers with egg glaze. Pierce pastry in several places with toothpick. Place on baking sheet. Chill 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 400º. Bake turnovers until puffed and golden, about 18 minutes. Serve warm.

My notes: In order to not waste the puff pastry, I made these using the spiral method. Roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle. Spread pear mixture eveny over both sheets. Roll pastry, starting at the long end, being sure to roll tightly. Seal the seam by brushing on a bit of the egg glaze and pinching. Chill log for about 30 minutes to one hour, or until log is firm enough to slice easily. Slice log into 1/4-inch think rounds. Chill rounds for 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 400º for about 15 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.


  1. Alysa,
    Do you have a problem with the filling falling out when using the spiral method? I'd like to make these and am trying to decide whether to go spiral or turnover.

  2. Natalie - I don't remember having a problem, but honestly it's been so long it's hard to remember. Sorry! I need to make these again sometime soon!

  3. Alysha-Made these last night using the spiral method. It worked really well and they were delicious.