Curry Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Photo by Denny Culbert

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Makes 8-10 small hand pies

    For the filling:
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil such as canola or ghee
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons madras curry powder or garam masala
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • For the pies:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 batch whole grain dough
  • ¼ cup black sesame seeds
  1. Make the filling: Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onions and garlic, stirring frequently. Cook until translucent. Add curry powder. Add diced sweet potatoes, stir, and cook for about 20 minutes. Add ginger, salt and pepper to taste. Let cool completely before assembling pastries. This filling can be made 3 days in advance. 
  2. Make the pies: Whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash. Roll out dough into a large square. Cut even squares from dough, about 3 inches by 3 inches. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in center of each square. Brush egg wash around border of dough and fold over filling into a triangle.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pastries on a parchment-lined sheet tray. Brush each with egg wash, sprinkle a generous amount of sesame seeds, then make a small cut on the top of each pastry to vent while baking. Bake until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
  • Recipe by Christina Balzebre of Levee Baking Co. in New Orleans, Louisiana

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