Turnover (food)

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Sweet turnover made from puff pastry
Type Pastry
Cookbook: Turnover  Media: Turnover

A turnover is a type of pastry made by placing a filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, and sealing it. Turnovers can be sweet or savory and are often made as a sort of portable meal or dessert, similar to a sandwich.

It is common for sweet turnovers to have a fruit filling and be made with a shortcrust pastry or puff pastry dough; savory turnovers generally contain meat and/or vegetables and can be made with any sort of dough, though a kneaded yeast dough seems to be the most common in Western cuisines. They are usually baked, but may be fried.

Savory turnovers are often sold as convenience foods in supermarkets. Savory turnovers with meat or poultry and identified as a turnover in the United States (for example, "Beef Turnover" or "Cheesy Chicken Turnover") have to meet a standard of identity or composition and should contain a certain amount of meat or poultry meat. [1]

In Ireland, a turnover is a particular type of white bread, commonly found in Dublin.[2]


Turnovers can be filled with everything from apples and blueberries, to meats like chicken, beef and pork, to cheese, raisins, cranberries and sweet potatoes,[3] to wild rabbit and leeks.[4]

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  1. ^ Refer to the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book entries for "Turnover" and "Poultry Turnover."
  2. ^ "The Bretzel Bakery: Turnover". Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Turnover". Food Network.com. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Wild rabbit and leek turnover with piccalilli". BBC. Retrieved 2012-06-14.