Broccoli & Cheese Hand Pies

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These broccoli & cheese hand pies are similar to savory turnovers featuring a golden crunchy crust and bursting with cheesy flavor - easy appetizer recipe

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Broccoli & Cheese Hand Pies

It’s entertaining season, but it doesn’t have to be mean being stuck in the kitchen for hours when you’re expecting guests! I love making quick and easy finger foods that my guests can munch on while I’m getting dinner ready to served. These broccoli and cheese hand pies (also known as turnovers) are the perfect appetizers for situations like that!

  • Simple to make
  • Require very few ingredients
  • Vegetarian
  • Crunchy and cheesy!

Yup, that checks off a lot of boxes for me! And these hand pies will not disappoint.

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Final plated dish of the broccoli and cheese hand pies on a white plate with garnish and lemon slices

How do you bake hand pies?

First of all, in order to simplify the process for hand pies, I recommend buying ready-made pie crust. I’ve found that there are some great options that are vegan with minimal ingredients. So it saves me time making pie dough and gives me the piece of mind that the ingredients are pure and simple.

For the turnover filling, you can buy some grated broccoli or grate it using a food processor.

Broccoli getting grated in a food processor

Then transfer the grated broccoli to a pan and saute with onions and garlic. You can also mix everything in a bowl, but I prefer cooking the onions and garlic with the broccoli for a couple minutes just to soften the vegetables and bring out the flavor.

Next you’ll add the sour cream and cheese to the mixture. This makes it easier to scoop and stay put inside the hand pies.

Collage showing the cooking process for the broccoli and cheese filling. On the left is the broccoli, onions and garlic. On the right is the same mixture with sour cream and cheese added

Speaking of hand pies, how cute are these mini cut-out pie dough? I used the mouth of a cup and cut these out and repeated until I ran out of pie dough.  Also a large cookie cutter works for these. Then I stuffed them with the broccoli and cheese mixture.

Collage of two images. 1) Small round pie dough for hand pies on a baking sheet with parchment paper, And 2) Close up of one of the hand pies with the broccoli and cheese filling in the middle

Then it’s baking time! You can certainly fry these as well, but I say why bother making a mess. The hand pies only need about 20 minutes in the oven, and it’s all hand-free. You’ll still get that golden crunch outside that’s similar to frying.

Baking sheet with the baked hand pies out of the oven

When they come out of the oven, the insides of these turnovers are soft, creamy and cheesy. And the outside is a golden beautiful crust that gives a satisfying crunch when you bite on it. I like garnishing the dish with some fresh greens like microgreens here. You can also place the hand pies on a bed of lettuce, arugula or spinach for a festive colorful dish.

Also, don’t forget to serve them with lemon wedges! Just a little squeeze of lemon juice on these hand pies really brightens up the flavor and adds a fresh zing to the cooked broccoli and cheese filling

Close up shot of the broccoli and cheese hand pies

Tips to make hand pies

  • Cut the broccoli small: If you don’t have something to grate the broccoli with, you can just use a knife to chop the broccoli. But if you’re doing so, I recommend cutting the broccoli into small bite-sized pieces. That way you can fit more broccoli into each hand pie.
  • Soften the vegetables: The last thing anyone wants when biting into a crunchy warm savory turnover is to get a crunchy or raw onion. The baking time definitely helps to soften the vegetables, but not quite enough. So I recommend sauteeing the onions and broccoli in a pan before stuffing the hand pies. It helps take the strong bite out of the onions and helps to mix all the flavors properly.
  • Make sure to seal the edges: Adding egg wash on top has two purposes. First it gives the hand pies the golden crunchy crust we all crave. But second, it also helps to bind the dough together. Before adding the egg wash though, you should press the sides together with a fork or even with your fingertips to properly seal. This helps keep the stuffing inside the hand pies.

Broccoli and cheese hand pies on a white plate

These adorable little broccoli & cheese hand pies are packaged up into perfect hand-held appetizers that are easy to prepare and loved by everyone! That’s why I love making them so much when I’m entertaining or taking an appetizer to a friend’s house. It’s basically a turnover or mini pot pie that’s portable, convenient comfort food at its best!

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Final plated dish of the broccoli and cheese hand pies on a white plate with garnish and lemon slices
Broccoli & Cheese Hand Pies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

These broccoli & cheese hand pies are similar to savory turnovers featuring a golden crunchy crust and bursting with cheesy flavor - easy appetizer recipe

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Appetizers, entertaining, party, party food, tapas, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 208 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 head broccoli grated
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 sheets ready-made pie dough
  • Egg wash
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, then sauté the onions for 5 minutes until they soften. Stir in the garlic and broccoli and cook for 2-3 more minutes, until the broccoli is crisp-tender.
  3. Remove from heat, then stir in cheddar cheese and sour cream, and mix until well blended; set aside.
  4. Cut out 3-4” rounds from the ready-made pie dough.
  5. Place about 1 tablespoon of the broccoli and cheese mixture in the middle if each round, being careful not to overfill them. Fold the pie dough over to make a semi-circle and press the edges together to seal. You can also use a fork to crimp the edges.
  6. Brush the rounds with egg wash. Bake for 20-22 minutes until crispy and golden. This will make about 24.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Make Ahead Tips: You can make the mixture up to 2 days in advance and then stuff the hand pies with the broccoli and cheese mixture when ready.

You can also assemble them completely, brush them with the egg wash, then freeze on a baking sheet. When frozen, store in a ziplock bag or airtight container. When you're ready to bake them, add 10 minutes to the baking time.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.

  • Instead of pie dough, you can use puff pastry. Watch the baking time as it may vary. You want to make sure it's puffed and golden as the signal that they're ready.
  • You can leave out the cheese and sour cream, but they help to bind the mixture together. You can also use vegan substitutes for the dairy.
  • If you prefer to make this egg free, you can spray some oil on top of the hand pies before baking them in the oven. Alternatively, brushing them with almond milk works as well.

Equipment: I used the Kitchen Aid food processor to grate the broccoli. You can use any other food processor you have or simple use a grater or knife.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used. The nutrition label assumes the mixture makes 24 hand pies and each serving is for two.

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli & Cheese Hand Pies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Potassium 216mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 8.8%
Vitamin C 55.7%
Calcium 10.4%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda
    December 8, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Comfort food. Took notes of your helpful tips. I baked only half of them. The rest : baked half way and froze them.

  • Reply
    Ally
    December 6, 2018 at 9:43 am

    These look so appetizing! Can’t wait to make them. What can I sub for the sour cream? I don’t like it.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      December 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you! Instead of the sour cream you can use greek yogurt or a splash of milk or you can even leave it out all together.

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