Chicken, Brie and Apple Turnovers

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 8, 2013

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Will you boot me out of the club if I admit that I am not the world’s biggest football fan?

USC logoIn college at USC, I actually made money selling my season footballs tickets, which were quite in demand, and then I took a job as a ticket-taker at the games, which gave me free admission. See what I did there? I got into the game AND I had a little side business from my tickets. Rose Bowl USC Trojans vs Michigan Wolverines 1977Sweeeet! (If any of that was illegal, forget it, I didn’t do it. And the statute of limitations is way, way up on it, anyway.)

But back to football. Just because the game itself doesn’t thrill me doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the party beforehand!

Tailgating is one of the great traditions of football, and whenever there is good food involved, I want in.

Our Sunday Supper cooks are celebrating tailgating today with a wonderful collection of creations, all suitable for the season.

I found a creative dish to bring to the virtual party that speaks to my love of hand-held foods AND my status as a pie-girl. It’s a mini pie – Chicken, Brie and Apple Turnover – and will be perfect and easy to bring along.

I found the recipe in a wonderful new cookbook called “175 Best Mini-Pie Recipes,” by Julie Anne Hession (Robert Rose; summer 2013; $24.95).

Hession tells us mini-pies are the new cupcakes, and I agree with her. Cupcakes are so 10 minutes ago. What could be cuter than mini pies, all flaky and sweet or savory, and ready for an after-school snack, the lunch box, a potluck, tailgate party or even an elegant dinner party?

She has a variety of easy crust options in the book, including gluten-free and vegan varieties as well as cheese, sweet and cornmeal doughs, and mini pie recipes that are calling my name – Strawberry Basil Hand Pies, Spanakopita (with my beloved spinach), Honeyed Pine Nut Tarts that use my favorite nut ever, and Savory Pear, Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Tarts. How amazing would that taste, with sweet from pear, salty from the pork, and the umami from blue cheese? Swooning now.

This is a book I will be happily cooking my way through. Her recipes are inventive, easy, clearly written, and step-by-step, so you won’t stumble. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have a photo for every recipe.

Chocolate Mocha Pecan Tarts from 175 Best Mini Pie RecipesAnd wait, she has a decadent looking Chocolate Mocha Pecan Tart that would also be good for tailgating, or any other time of the day. Ah, but don’t let me get off track from my chicken turnovers. Focus on the chicken, girl.

The Chicken, Brie and Apple Turnovers today are a great new way to eat chicken, and have autumny flavors of sage and apple cider. Creamy brie brings it all together in a rich puff pastry envelope. Away from the football game, these would make a wonderful lunch or dinner with a lettuce and tomato salad, and some cut fruit alongside.

FootballBut for today, we’re having them in the parking lot or the picnic blanket.

Good things come in small packages indeed!

Recipe: Chicken, Brie and Apple Turnovers

Summary: Autumn-inspired flavors of chicken, apples, fresh sage and Brie are enclosed in buttery puff pastry, perfect for tailgating, lunchbox or even an elegant dinner.



  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (30 mL)
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage (15 mL)
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (0.5 mL)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (15 mL)
  • 3⁄4 cup apple cider (175 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon brandy, optional (15 mL)
  • 2 cups shredded roasted chicken breast (500 mL)
  • 1 pound store-bought puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) water
  • 8 ounces soft Brie, sliced (250 g)


  1. Filling: In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add shallot and apple; sauté until softened, 4-5 minutes. Stir in sage and nutmeg; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Sprinkle flour over mixture, stirring to coat. Add cider, reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Stir in brandy, if using. Stir in chicken and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
  3. Divide puff pastry in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one half into a 15- by 10-inch (37.5 by 25 cm) rectangle. Using pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut rectangle into six 5-inch (12.5 cm) squares. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Brush edges of squares with egg wash. Place about 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) chicken mixture in center of each square. Top with 1 slice Brie. Fold squares in half diagonally, enclosing filling. Pinch together edges to seal, and crimp with the tines of a fork. Brush tops with egg wash.
  5. Place pies, on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets, in freezer for 30 minutes, until firm. Meanwhile, position oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and heat oven to 375F degrees (190C).
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, switching positions of baking sheets halfway through, until puffed and deep golden brown. Let pies cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes before serving.
  7. Makes 12 turnovers

Brie tip:

The white rind of Brie is edible and is usually eaten along with the soft interior. If you don’t wish to include the rind, you may trim and discard it before layering the cheese on the chicken filling.

175 best mini pie recipes on Shockingly DeliciousSource

Excerpted from “175 Best Mini Pie Recipes” by Julie Anne Hession © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with publisher permission. Disclosure: Robert Rose sent a copy of the book for review.

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See this page for all the wonderful #SundaySupper dishes I have made since I joined this group, and links to all the other delicious dishes made by my fellow cooks.

Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 12
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne @ Webicurean September 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

I have a feeling these are going on the menu this week–there’s puff pastry in the freezer, and Morgan would go crazy over these!


FoodieArmyWife September 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm

OMGoodness! These look AMAZING!


Hezzi-D September 14, 2013 at 4:24 am

Turnovers are a great tailgating food since you can grab one and go! Love the chicken brie and apple combination. It sounds wonderful!


Tammi @ Momma's Meals September 10, 2013 at 5:29 am

I’m not a big football fan either, I’m actually not AT ALL. But I’m a huge fan of these little babies! Thanks for sharing!


Don September 10, 2013 at 2:14 am

I didn’t know you were a Trojan. I took a double pot of Chasen’s Chili (are you old enough to remember?) to the tailgate on Saturday and it was a great hit….much better than the game ;-( Can’t wait to take these great sounding treats to the next game. FIGHT ON!


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons September 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Hahaha, I love your borderline illegal (although probably not at all illegal) ticket scheme. I sold a few of my football tickets when I was a Michigan student, too. Hmmmm…what would I rather have as a penniless college student? An opportunity to see a game that I can also watch on tv from the comfort of my dorm futon….or a COUPLE HUNDRED BUCKS?!?! Easy choice for me.

I can’t tell you how much I love these turnovers. They’re like gourmet Hot Pockets!


Dorothy Reinhold September 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Ha! Gourmet Hot Pockets…love that!


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons September 9, 2013 at 9:31 pm

You can own the trademark, but I want a cut of the profits 😉


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes September 9, 2013 at 8:52 am

I think you can redeem yourself for not being a football fan with a dozen of these turnovers Dorothy! Or two dozens maybe…


Bea September 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I am a hand pie person myself and especially savory ones. These sound absolutely fantastic!


Courtney @ Neighborfood September 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I think your ticket schemes are totally brilliant! And so are these turnovers. I love apple and brie together!


Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) September 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Whoa… yes please!


Jen @JuanitasCocina September 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

This is like tailgating taken to a fancier level. I’ll take two!


Dorothy Reinhold September 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Ha! You can tell I don’t exactly tailgate, eh?


The Ninja Baker September 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Brie and brandy in one puffed pastry pocket whether you are rooting for USC or, um UCLA – my alma mater =)

I confess many of my friends are USC grads and are very smart…Your ticket adventure makes me smile.


Renee September 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

Brie and puffed pastry is all I need to see. I’m so in on these turnovers. Oh, and I don’t watch football either. I don’t even know how the game is played.


Dorothy Reinhold September 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

I feel a little lame when everyone else seems to love it so much. I guess I didn’t get that gene.


Liz September 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

Nice recipe. Thank you.


Megan @ I Run For Wine September 8, 2013 at 8:10 am

OH YUM! Brie and apples are two of my favorite things to put together and this is just perfect!


Marjory @ Dinner-Mom September 8, 2013 at 8:09 am

What a lovely combination. I’m a big fan of brie and fruit…I too am chuckling about your hijinks in college!


Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes September 8, 2013 at 7:42 am

Mmm… sounds good.


Cindys Recipes and Writings September 8, 2013 at 7:14 am

I love chicken and apples together, Dorothy this sounds so good!


Dorothy Reinhold September 8, 2013 at 7:27 am

I agree. It’s a classic flavor, and with the brie…to die for!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 8, 2013 at 6:33 am

Sweet and savory! You have all the great flavors in here! Love it!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal September 8, 2013 at 6:23 am

Haha statute of limitations had me laughing. These turnovers look great and I’m glad you used store bought dough, because that’s not something I would want to tackle on gameday 🙂


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