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Zesty Italian Bites

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  55 Minutes
  Makes about 24-30 appetizers
Give these turnovers a festive look by pleating the edges and baking them upright. The folding technique is the same as for a Chinese potsticker, which these resemble.
For Pastry:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup cold butter
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup cold water
For Filling and Sauce:
6 ounces bulk sweet italian sausages or sausage links (casings removed)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (3/4 cup)
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Bottled or homemade spaghetti sauce
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For pastry, in a medium mixing bowl combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening and butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center. Beat together egg yolk and water; add to flour mixture. Stir till moistened. Form dough into a ball; divide dough in half. Wrap each half of dough in plastic wrap; chill in the freezer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, for filling, cook sausage and onion till sausage is brown and onion is tender. Drain well; cool completely. Stir in mozzarella cheese and Parmesan.

On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of dough to slightly less than 1/8 inch thickness. Cut dough into rounds with a floured 4-inch round cutter. Spoon about 1 rounded teaspoon of the filling onto the center of each circle. Brush edge with water. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to pleat. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cut several small slits near edge of each turnover. Set folded edge upright; press down gently to slightly flatten the bottoms. Place on a large ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 15-20 minutes, or till golden. For sauce, warm spaghetti sauce and serve in a bowl alongside for dipping.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes about 24-30 appetizers
Calories: 91
Fat. Total: 6g
Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 7g
Sodium: 84mg
% Cal. from Fat: 59%
Cholesterol: 17mg
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