Zesty Italian Bites

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 55m

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


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.

RecID 2339

nutrition information per serving

91 calories; 6g total fat; 17mg cholesterol; 84mg sodium; 7g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 3g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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