I keep choosing holiday recipes that are either multi-stepped, super complicated, or painstaking. I mean, who doesn't love sugar cookies painted with luster dust and puppy cupcakes? But not every holiday dessert or appetizer has to be a labor of love, know what I mean?
These carrot turnovers are a little sweet, a little savory and completely delicious. They're also easy to put together and seem fancier than they actually are. And there are vegetables! I made these guys fairly large when they were just a part of our dinner, but for a crowd, I would cut the rolled out pastry dough into 12 squares and check them after about 14 minutes of cooking.
Carrot, apple, and thyme turnovers
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
1 medium apple (1/2 large apple), peeled and diced (about ½ cup)
½ cup whole milk ricotta
2-3 tsp honey
2 sprigs thyme
1 sheet puff pastry dough
Preheat the oven to 400. Chop the carrots and apples. Place the carrots in a deep pot and cover with cold water, plus one inch. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once the carrots are boiling, add a steamer basket on top and steam the apples for 8 minutes. Drain the apples and carrots and let cool slightly.
Set aside half of the cooked apple chunks. Pulse the cooked carrots and the rest of the apples with 2 Tbsp water until you've reached your desired consistency, adding more water if necessary. At this point, you have a tasty apple and carrot puree. If stopping here, you could also add a glug of olive oil or some pureed protein for a complete baby meal.
For the turnovers, combine the puree with reserved apple chunks, ricotta, honey (to taste), and thyme. Stir to combine and set aside. Again, you can stop here and have another tasty puree for a baby over the age of one year or sub maple syrup for the honey if feeding to a younger baby.
Cut a piece of parchment that is slightly larger than your sheet pan. Place the puff pastry dough on the parchment and gently roll out the dough to lengthen it, allowing you to cut out squares instead of rectangles. Cut into 6 squares. Move your parchment and dough onto the sheet pan. Spoon 2 Tbsp of the carrot, apple, thyme, and cheese mixture into the bottom corner of the turnovers. Fold over to make triangles and gently press the sides together. Bake for 16 minutes, or until golden brown.
Yield: 6 large turnovers or 12 small turnovers