Savory Hand Pies with Flakey Cheddar Crust two ways

Oh do I love a good Savory Pie! I’ve made my recipe for Black Bean Pie numerous times and it always comes out great. So I decided to make my own crust and play around with some filling options and wow oh wow are these amazing, the Butternut Squash filling ones are beyond good, and the ones using the Black Bean Pie filling are delightful as always! These are also an awesome make ahead and throw in the freezer until ready to eat type of dish!

Savory Handpies


Savory Hand Pies with Flakey Cheddar Crust two ways
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Serves: 16
  • For the Cheddar Crust (you can half this, I doubled my recipe to make 2 separate batches): 5 Cups Flour
  • 4 oz Sharp Cheddar, Cubed
  • 1.5 Sticks Butter
  • 1 Stick or 6 oz baking Vegetable Shortening
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tsp salt
  • ¼-3/4 cup ice water
  • 3 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • For the Butternut Squash savory filling: 2 tbs olive oil
  • ½ small onion
  • ½ lb italian style ground turkey
  • 1 cup cubed butternut squash
  • ½ an apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • dash of salt/pepper
  • Approximately 5 Tbs Farmers Cheese
  • Approximately 5 Tbs shredded sharp cheddar
  • Herbs de Provence for sprinkling on top
  • For the Black Bean Savory Pies: ½ small onion
  • ½ lb Italian style ground turkey
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Approximately 5 Tbs Farmers Cheese
  • Approximately 5 Tbs shredded sharp cheddar
  • chili powder and cumin for sprinkling on top
  • 1 egg plus 1 tbs for egg wash
  1. For the crust: Put all the dry ingredients in a food processor and blend for a few seconds. Next add the butter, shortening and cheddar and pulsate until combined (for a more chunky cheese crust you can add the cheese last). Next add the wet ingredients, adding as much water until there is a soft doughy consistency (mine used ¾ cup water with the doubled recipe...don't add too much water because then the dough becomes unmanageable and you will need to add more flour! Carefully take out of the food processor, form into two ball/disc shapes, wrap with plastic wrap and put in the freezer for 45 min or in the fridge for an hour and half.
  2. For the fillings: In a large pan combine olive oil, onion and Italian ground turkey and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. When the ground turkey is almost done take half of the mixture out and put it in a bowl (this will be the bowl for the black bean filling.) In the pan add the butternut squash and the apple, let cook until turkey is all cooked through and the butternut squash is almost done, about 5 min. In the bowl with half the turkey add the black beans and salsa and stir.
  3. When removing dough from the freezer, flour a surface liberally and with a rolling pin roll the dough out, and then cut each disc into 8 roughly equal pieces.
  4. Preheat oven to 400.For assembly, spoon a dollop of the Farmers cheese onto each piece, add a few heaping teaspoons of filling, add a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, then pick up the corners folding them into each other and pick up the entire thing and form it into a ball shape, then put seams-side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. I worked in two batches, I made one set of 8 hand pies with the butternut squash filling, then another set with the black bean filling, and each kind got its own baking sheet. Brush the egg wash on, sprinkle with seasoning and bake for 45 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and then enjoy!
Savory hand pie ingredients Savory hand pie ingredients

cheddar pie crust Flakey cheddar crust

flakey cheddar crust rolled out Flakey cheddar crust rolled out

Savory pie crust filling Fillings

savory hand pie assembly Assembly

savory hand pie assembly 1 More lovely assembly

Black Bean Heandpie out of oven Black Bean hand pies

Savory Handpies out of the oven Butternut squash hand pies

Black Bean Hand Pie Savory Handpie Insides

Savory hand pie on plate The beautiful hand pie on a plate

savory hand pie bite yummmmmmmm!


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    I made these a while back and remember really liking these! Since I am being OH SO lazy today I decided I’ll make the filling only because it really is DELICIOUS to have as just a side with any other meal or maybe even just as a meal itself! 😀 With this laziness I am feeling comes a question, Because I do not want to head out to the grocery store for just an onion…would onion flakes and onion powder suffice? I hope so because I have been salivating for the ground turkey and beans filing 😀

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you for the comment! I was telling Nick about it, and he heavily suggested that I make these again ASAP, haha!
      I would definitely say that the onion flakes and powder would suffice! I do that all the time actually (same with garlic powder or salt instead of fresh garlic). Let me know how it turns out and what you ended up doing (I might just make a new recipe!)

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