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Savory Pierogis and Sweet Turnovers

Golden Brown Mango Turnovers with a light coconut sauce and Savory Pierogis with a mushroom sauce.

These two appetizers are both made with one of my favorite things: puff pastry. I love how comforting this diverse ingredient is. With just one box of it I was able to make almost a dozen of both the savory pierogis and sweet turnovers. The last time I worked with it was at the beginning of my MasterChef Junior Cookbook cook-through when I made the most tasty Salmon En Croute (salmon wrapped in puff pastry). This was a great reminder that when I start doing my own recipes full time, I want to experiment with puff pasty as much as possible.

Mango Turnovers with Coconut Crème Anglaise

Okay, these were fire (as the cool kids say). I wish I hadn’t put these off, because I’m sure I would have made them many times by now. I was super intimidated by them, probably because they are a dessert (even though it was classified under the appetizer section). Thankfully, they were actually very simple. The mango compote was perfect and the flaky puff pastry was heavenly. I inhaled three of them in the blink of an eye.

Golden Brown Mango Turnovers with a light coconut sauce and Savory Pierogis with a mushroom sauce.

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Mushroom-Potato Pierogi with Mushroom Sauce

I had never heard of pierogi before and of course, there was no picture in the MasterChef Junior Cookbook. After a quick Google search, I learned they are essentially European dumplings. They can be sweet or savory, but Jack from season one decided to go savory. I think the hero of this dish was the mushroom sauce. It called for demi-glaze, which is not a cheap ingredient, but boy was it tasty. I found the pierogis themselves to be a little underwhelming. I’d like to try them again but with some more seasonings and fresh herbs than this MCJ recipe called for.

Golden Brown puff pastry pierogis

While I liked one recipe more than the other, I truly enjoyed making both of these MasterChef Junior appetizers. In fact, I’m gonna go eat the leftovers right now.

All my love,
Dani a big tid

April 24, 2021
Mango Turnovers with Coconut Crème Anglaise &
Mushroom-Potato Pierogi with Mushroom Sauce
Pg. 43 & Pg. 40
Jack, Season 1 & Kayla, Season 3

81 down & 82…17 to go!

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