Frugal Foodie Mama: Easy Turkey Sausage Irish Pasties

Monday, March 3, 2014

Easy Turkey Sausage Irish Pasties

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With St. Patrick's Day just two weeks away, I have been busy conjuring all kinds of Irish-y recipes for you all.  Last Friday, I posted the recipe for my to die for Bailey's Irish Kiss Brownie Thumbprints.  Today, I am sharing with you all an easy savory dish based on a traditional Irish staple- pasties.

Traditionally Irish pasties are stuffed with beef, but you all know I had to give it my own twist- I used fully cooked Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles instead.  I mean, St. Patrick's Day is on a Monday this year.  That requires a tasty Irish dinner that is also weeknight friendly and easy. ;)

I used all convenient, ready-to-go ingredients for this pasties recipe- Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles, a bag of frozen cut potatoes that you can simply microwave and steam in the bag, and refrigerated pie crusts.  If you plan to make this on the weekend, you could certainly break out homemade pie dough and peel, cut and cook the potatoes from fresh.  But don't skip out on those turkey sausage crumbles- so easy and delicious and ready to go!  I am a total turkey sausage snob, and I loved these crumbles from Jimmy Dean- flavorful and no weird textures.  Weird textures kind of freak me out... ;)
Easy Turkey Sausage Irish Pasties
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15-17 minutes
Ingredients (7-8 large pasties)
  • 1 (9.6 oz) package of Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 (14.1 oz) box of refrigerated pie crusts
  • 24 oz bag of cut & ready to steam russet potatoes (or 6 cups of peeled, cubed
  • potatoes- boiled til soft)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
For the gravy
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or turkey broth
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
Set out the refrigerated pie crusts to bring them to room temperature.

In the meantime, heat the canola oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and saute for 1-2 minutes. Then pour in the Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles. Saute for 3-4 minutes until slightly browned. Remove from the heat & set aside.

Place the prepared potato cubes in a large mixing bowl. Add in the sausage/onion mixture and the 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper. Mix well. Set aside. (Save the skillet that you browned the sausage & onion in- do not wipe out or wash it!)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

Unroll one of the pie crusts on a lightly floured surface. If you have a fancy hand pie cutter/press like I do, use it to cut your first pastie. While the dough is still in the press, add 3-4 tbsp of the sausage-potato mixture to one side of the dough. Brush a little of the melted butter along the outside edges of the dough. Then gently press together and seal the edges together. Remove from the mold and place on one of the prepared baking sheets.
Repeat this for each of the remaining 6-7 pasties. You will have to combine and roll out dough scraps to get the full 7-8 pasties from the pie crusts.

Brush the outside of each pastie with the remaining melted butter. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.

While the pasties are baking, prepare the gravy-
Using the same skillet that you browned the onions and turkey sausage in, melt 2 tbsp of butter over medium heat.
Add in the flour, whisking constantly until a thick roux forms. Cook for 1 minute, then add in the broth.
Continue whisking and cooking for additional 3-4 minutes.
Remove from heat & give the gravy a taste. Add in salt & pepper to taste.

Serve each pastie with a dollop of the homemade gravy.
**Note- You will not use all the sausage-potato mixture in these pasties.  Cover & refrigerate what is left & see below for an easy & tasty breakfast recipe idea for the next morning. :)

Adapted from THIS RECIPE from Pastry Craft Seattle.
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These Easy Turkey Sausage Irish Pasties have a hearty, tasty filling wrapped in a light, flaky crust and served with a quick and creamy homemade gravy.  

**You will have about half the filling leftover after making these.  Here is a quick, family pleasing breakfast idea for the next morning (Bonus!)- 
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 9x9 baking dish with cooking spray.  Press the leftover sausage/potato mixture into the bottom of the greased pan.  Top with about a 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.  Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Let cool to warm.
Prepare as many over medium or over easy eggs (your preference) as you have people to serve.  Cut a large square of the cheese topped sausage/potato bake & top with one of the eggs.  Serve with toast or biscuits.  Enjoy! 

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These pasties are perfect for dinner or reheated the next day for breakfast or lunch.  It really is a versatile dish.  And minus the gravy, it is super portable. ;)

Which Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles will you be trying?  The Turkey? Original Pork?  The Hot & Spicy?  What recipes can you see yourself using these convenient and delicious sausage crumbles in?