These hearty breakfast turnovers are filled with ham, scrambled eggs, cheese, and onions, seasoned perfectly, and baked until golden brown. A delicious breakfast treat!
I don’t know about you, but I want something hearty when I start the day. I have friends who have smoothies, and for some people, that’s great. However, I need something that’s going to fill me up when I start the day. Smoothies are just appetizers to me, you know? If you’re the same way, you’re going to love these breakfast turnovers. They’re packed with everything we love about breakfast and packaged into one easy, hand-held meal. They’re perfect for breakfast, lunches, and even afternoon snacks!
Breakfast Turnovers with Ham, Egg, and Cheese
If ever there was a breakfast worthy of the moniker breakfast, it’s these turnovers. Delicious, flaky puff pastry surrounds scrambled eggs, ham, cheese, and onions, creating a hand-held breakfast that satisfies even the heartiest eaters. Every bite is filled with melty goodness, with eggs and ham to power you through the day, and that pastry outside? Pure delicious perfection. You won’t find a better breakfast anywhere. And the best part is that you can make them ahead of time and reheat them for quick breakfasts or pack them in lunch boxes or bags. They even make great after-school snacks for those teenagers who always seem to be hungry.
What is a Turnover
A turnover is a type of pastry made by placing a filling on a piece of dough, then folding the dough over, sealing it, and baking it. It’s basically a small, pie. Turnovers can be sweet or savory, just like pies and made with traditional pie dough or puff pastry, as in the case of these breakfast turnovers.
Ingredients You Need to Make Puff Pastry Breakfast Turnovers
There are several ingredients to this recipe, but they’re all basic breakfast fair. Chances are you have almost all of these ingredients in your kitchen already. It’s easy to find them in the store, as well, so if you have to shop for anything it’s going to be very easy to find.
- Puff pastry sheets
- Diced ham
- Large eggs
- Black pepper
- Slap ya mama seasoning
- Garlic powder
- Red pepper flakes
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Olive oil
- Egg for egg wash
How to Make Breakfast Turnovers
Making these breakfast turnovers doesn’t take a lot of effort. You’ll basically be doing a little chopping, a little scrambling, and then baking the pastry after you’ve filled it. It’s a straightforward process that doesn’t take a lot of time at all.
Step 1: Prepare the filling.
Add the ham and onions to a large frying pan and cook in oil over medium heat until the onions are tender. Add whisked eggs to the pan and scramble over medium heat until they’re almost done. When the eggs are almost done, add the shredded cheese and continue cooking.
Step 2: Assemble the Turnovers
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry dough to seal the seams. Then, cut each pastry into four equal squares. a couple of tablespoons of egg mixture to the center of each pastry. Fold the pastry from corner to corner to create a triangle, then crimp the edges with a fork to seal. Brush the turnovers with egg wash.
Step 3: Bake
Place the turnovers in the preheated oven and back until they’re golden brown.
Step 4: Cool, Slice, and Serve
Remove the turnovers from the oven and place them on a wire rack to cool a bit. Serve sliced or whole with sour cream, salsa, sliced avocado, and green onions.
Helpful Tips for Making Breakfast Turnovers
This is a fairly simple recipe because it uses storebought puff pastry dough. That means that the only real work involved is the chopping of your ingredients and a little stove work. It’s simple enough that even beginner cooks can make it. That being said, even easy things can be made easier. I have some tips here that will help you make the best turnovers possible and make them easily.
Breakfast Turnovers Variations
There are a few things you can do to change up this recipe. The great thing about the versatility of these turnovers is that you can keep them from getting stale by making one change or changing up the entire thing. It’s all up to you!
This recipe uses ham, but you can use any kind of meat you like. Of course, classic options include sausage or bacon, but you can use other meat options, as well. Some of my favorites are:
- Ground beef
- Leftover steak or roast
Try adding vegetables to your turnover for even more flavor. Some great, classic breakfast veggies include:
- Bell peppers
This recipe calls for sharp cheddar cheese, but you can use any cheese that you enjoy. It’s really up to you. It’s my belief that all cheese is delicious! That being said, some of the cheese that I find work best with this recipe include:
- Any cheddar
- Monterey Jack
- Colby Jack
- Pepper Jack
Dice the Ham and Onions Small
When dicing your ingredients, make them small. This turnover is basically supreme scrambled eggs in a puff pastry. Dice everything small so it can all incorporate into your scrambled eggs uniformly and you get a burst of flavors in every single bite.
Always Use Parchment and Non-Stick Spray
You might think that using parchment paper and non-stick spray is overkill, but it’s not. These turnovers will stick to the parchment paper if you don’t use the non-stick spray, and if you only use non-stick spray and no parchment paper, you’ll run the risk of the turnovers sticking to the baking sheet.
“Golden” is Key to Golden Brown
Some people burn their pastry because they imagine golden brown as a deep bronze color. Although that is technically a shade of golden brown, in cooking, golden brown means just beginning to become a golden color. If you get too far into the brown side, you’ve burned your recipe.
Before jumping into the recipe, take a few moments to read over this FAQ. It answers all the important questions that you’d have about this recipe.
Do you have to add the egg wash to puff pastry?
It’s recommended to add the egg wash. While it won’t change the flavor of the pastry, it will make it look pale and doughy if you don’t use the egg wash.
Can I freeze these breakfast turnovers?
Yes you can! They’ll keep in the freezer for up to a month.
How To Store Leftover Breakfast Turnovers
Store these turnovers in an airtight container for up to three days in the refrigerator. For longer storage, chill the turnovers, then wrap them in plastic wrap. Next, place them in an airtight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag for up to a month.
Try These Delicious Breakfast Turnovers Today
These Breakfast Turnovers are a delicious and filling recipe that are a homemade version of a breakfast hot pocket.
More Puff Pastry Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Apple Cream Cheese Puff Pastry – A delicious pastry recipe made with fresh apples and a cream cheese mixture. A great pastry for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.
Peach Cream Cheese Danish – A flaky and golden brown pastry filled with fresh peaches and a homemade cream cheese mixture and then baked to perfection.
Blackberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry – Another variation of a sweet puff pastry, but this one is made with blackberries and a sweet cream cheese mixture and then drizzled with a sweet glaze.
And, these Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Cups from Great Grub, Delicious Treats. These are a delicious appetizer recipe filled with diced ham, cheese, jalapenos, and a great blend of seasonings.
Breakfast Turnovers with Ham, Egg and Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Using a large frying pan or cast iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add ham and onions to the pan and cook until onions are tender.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs until combined and then add to the pan.
- Sprinkle with seasonings, stir and cook over medium heat until the eggs are almost done.
- Top with shredded cheese, stir.
- On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll puff pastry dough to seal the seams.
- Next, cut each pastry into 4 equal squares for a total of 8 between both pastry sheets.
- Add a couple tablespoons of egg mixture to the center of each pastry.
- Take one corner and lift over the top of the egg mixture sealing it to the opposite corner.
- Using the tines of a fork, crimp the edges together and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg and water together and brush over the tops of the turnovers.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until turnovers are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and enjoy with salsa, sour cream, sliced avocado and green onions.
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