Ham, cheese & mushroom turnovers

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
A puff pastry turnover is always a good way of using leftovers – adapt the recipe to whatever cheese you’ve got

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:50 mins
    Plus chilling
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 752
  • fat 55g
  • saturates 26g
  • carbs 43g
  • sugars 5g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 25g
  • salt 2.78g


  • 250ml milk
  • 1 tbsp each butter and flour, mixed to a paste, plus extra for dusting
  • 140g button mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 140g ham, chopped into small pieces
  • 85g leftover cheese (amount will vary according to type - go with your taste buds), cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp chopped herbs - tarragon, parsley and chives all work well
  • 500g block puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. The first thing to do is to make a thick white sauce that will be the base of the turnover filling. Bring the milk to a simmer, then add the butter and flour paste. Whisk the paste into the simmering milk and allow it to boil for 3-4 mins, whisking gently all the time to prevent it from catching. You should now have a very thick white sauce. Cool the sauce in a bowl. Fry the mushrooms in the oil for 3-5 mins until golden, then leave to cool.

  2. Place the ham, cheese and mushrooms into a bowl, then gradually add the white sauce until everything is well coated. Finally, add the herbs.

  3. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to about the thickness of a £1 coin and cut out 4 saucer-size rounds (about 18cm wide), re-rolling the trimmings if you need to. Brush the edges of each round with beaten egg. Spoon the mixture onto 1 side of each round, then fold over and seal the edges well. The turnovers can now be frozen for up to 1 month. Brush the turnover with the remaining egg, then chill for 30 mins.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place the turnovers on a baking sheet and bake for about 35 mins until puffed up and golden. Leave to cool slightly and enjoy warm.

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