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December 17, 2015

advent: day 17
posted by soe 2:49 am

This is the first Christmas since my grandmother died, and I miss her very much. So I’m sharing another one of her recipes with you, this time a savory one, which she’d serve as an appetizer before Christmas dinner.

I’ve never made this recipe, but maybe I will this weekend. Looking it over, it seems like you could stretch the making of these out over several days, which is handy if you have several days with only a little bit of time to devote to cooking.

Mushroom Turnovers
(makes 2 1/2 dozen)

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream

  • Cut butter into flour.
  • Stir in sour cream until pastry holds together.
  • Form into ball. Divide in half.
  • Refrigerate 8 hours.

1 lb mushrooms, chopped
2 Tbsp shallots, chopped
2/3 cup evaporated milk (Gramma notes this is the size of a small can)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp chopped parsley

  • Cook mushrooms 3–4 minutes.
  • Add shallots, salt, pepper, and milk.
  • Simmer 15–20 minutes ’til thick and [creamed? creamy?].
  • Will keep in refrigerator 3–4 days.


  • Roll out 1/2 of your pastry to 14″ square.
  • Cut out circles with 3 1/2″ cutter.
  • Refrigerate scraps before re-rolling.
  • Place scant Tbsp of filling in center of each circle.
  • (Touch edge of circle with dab of water before folding over.) Fold dough over filling. Seal edges.
  • Cut slashes on top.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Egg Wash
1 egg yolk
2 tsp water

  • Combine yolk and water.
  • Brush on top of turnovers with pastry brush.
  • Bake 350°F for 25 minutes.
  • Cool on rack.

They can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Today’s song is a favorite from growing up: The Statler Brothers’ “The Carols Those Kids Used to Sing”:

Category: christmas/holiday season. There is/are 2 Comments.

I’ve recently become interested/obsessed with Great British Bake Off, and the Holiday US version, so this recipe is timely. I’ve always completely ignored any recipe that calls for yeast or pastry, but have become a tad more adventurous. I’m not a mushroom fan, but my husband is. I might just try these this year for Christmas eve, in honour of your grandmother. In honour of my grandmother, I’ll drink a rye while I make them!

Comment by raidergirl3 12.17.15 @ 10:06 am

@raidergirl3: If you do make them, let me know how they turn out!

Comment by soe 12.21.15 @ 4:38 am