Ham, Cheese and Sweetcorn Turnovers

Puff pastry, Pasty, Pocket, frugal, cheap, easy, pattern

I love making my own joint of glazed gammon as it’s such an economic way of making several meals and this week I found a new way to use some of the leftovers. I decided to make some turnovers after researching different pies and pasties. For the decoration I was inspired by Michel Roux Jr from Masterchef after seeing him decorate a Pithivier with spiral lines drawn from the top outwards. I then went off piste and just had fun making up my own patterns, the children were very definite about which pattern they wanted to eat!  Watching one of the contestants make the mistake of decorating his Pithivier first and then egg washing, helped me to remember to do it the other way round otherwise the pattern doesn’t show! I had wanted to make individual Pithiviers but didn’t know if I’d have enough pastry so opted for the safe option of turnovers.

Puff pastry, Pasty, Pocket, frugal, cheap, easy, pattern

I must say I will definitely be making these Ham, Cheese and Sweetcorn Turnovers again as the whole family loved them. You could cook easily chop and change the ingredients to things like cooked beef, sweet potatoes, peas etc to ring the changes too. If you’re vegetarian you could just leave the ham out and put in more vegetables!

Puff pastry, Pasty, Pocket, frugal, cheap, easy, pattern

As this dish is so frugal I’m entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and is being hosted this month by Sarah of Dinner with Crayons.

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Ham, Cheese and Sweetcorn Turnovers
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Delicious puff pastry turnovers filled with ham, cheese, sweetcorn and onion, sure to be a family favourite!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 225g / 8 oz Potatoes, chopped into 2cm chunks
  • 40g / 1 ½ oz Salted butter, chopped up
  • 110g / 4 oz Cooked gammon/ham chopped
  • ½ Medium onion, finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh or frozen sweetcorn
  • 50g / 2 oz Extra mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Pepper
  • 375g / 13 oz Pre-rolled puff pastry sheet
  • Egg for egg wash
  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water for about 15 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and then add the onion, gammon/ham, cheese, sweetcorn, butter and pepper.
  3. Mash gently, leaving a few chunks and mix together thoroughly.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C.
  5. Roll the pastry sheet with a rolling pin to stretch slightly in both directions.
  6. Cut the sheet into 4 equal rectangles.
  7. Divide the mixture between the rectangles placing to one side to allow the other side to be folded over.
  8. Fold the pastry over the filling and seal with egg wash and crimp with a fork.
  9. Brush egg wash over the turnovers and if you want a pattern use a small sharp knife to score one onto the pastry being careful not to cut it. (It’s important to score the pattern after you’ve egg washed and not before or the pattern won’t show)
  10. Bake on a sheet of baking paper on a baking sheet for about 25 minutes until golden.
  11. Serve with lashings of ketchup and a nice salad.

Puff pastry, Pasty, Pocket, frugal, cheap, easy, pattern

Divide the pastry and filling into 4 equal portions.

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  1. Martina Evans

    Looks like a lovely meal, would love to make some for the family. I also like the different patterns on them – nice idea!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Martina, Michel Roux Jnr was the inspiration for the patterns:-)

  2. Paul Wilson

    Would make a nice lunch.

    1. Camilla

      In our house it’s dinner LOL;-)

  3. Susan Joyce Rogers

    Looks very tasty

    1. Camilla

      Thanks they really are:-)

  4. Jane Middleton

    Delicious recipe, thank you.

  5. Anne Dalzell

    This is another recipe that would come in so handy for after Christmas plus my little boy loves to help me with pastry.

  6. Abigail Cullen

    Like the filling and love the design on the pastry for that added extra touch.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, the top is fun for the kids to get involved designing their own dinner (I say kids, it’s just my daughter who likes to join in, son a bit old now and not fussed with cooking)!

  7. William Gould

    Wow! These look fab, and quick& easy!

  8. Heather Haigh

    That pastry looks amazingly flaky and shiny – they look fabulous.

  9. bev

    Oh they do look yummy!

  10. Paul Wilson

    Looks like a perfect snack or light lunch.

  11. Carolyn Clapham

    Those sound delicious – I wish I had all the ingredients to make some right now!

    1. Camilla

      I had run out of sweetcorn the other day so used frozen peas which worked just as well:-)

  12. glenn hutton

    These look delicious…

  13. Paul Wilson

    Ham and cheese go together so well.

  14. Victoria

    Yum! i’ve not made turnovers before, but these look great.

  15. Ursula Hunt

    Also great when the cheese is substituted with leek

  16. Paul Wilson

    Looks like a great snack.

  17. Ursula Hunt

    These look gorgeous, I am not so sure mine would look so professional!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, they’re dead easy just look impressive:-)

  18. Helen Allan

    Perfect for any type of left-overs and great for the budget too. Nice tip. Thank you.

    1. Camilla


  19. Tracy Nixon

    I am going to make them over the festive period!

    1. Camilla

      Oh thanks for reminding me, I think I’ll make these tonight too with our leftover ham:-)

  20. Tracy Nixon

    These look so golden and tasty!

  21. Laura Wilce

    I finally just made them! Absolutely delicious – my boyfriend loved it, too.
    I managed to get 6 out of the pastry, with some filling left over, so I’ll be able to make more tomorrow!

    1. Camilla

      I know, surprisingly delicious, I even told Michel Roux Jr about them when I met him the other night:-)

  22. deej71

    looks very tasty

  23. These look amazing……I will be making them soon 🙂 x

  24. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    Those pies on Master Chef did look very good and looks like you’ve picked up the scoring technique well, Michel Roux would be impressed 🙂

    I always cook a large ham at Christmas even when it’s only for the 2 of us so I can freeze portions of it to use in various dishes over the following weeks and use the stock, thanks for giving me a new idea for using some of the ham.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen, I was totally surprised by how good these pies tasted so will definitely be making them again. I now have some leftover roast beef so think I’ll do a beef & onion version:-)


    Who doesnt love ham, cheese and sweetcorn! Yum – your making me hungry! Love the different designs too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danielle, they were super and the designs just make them a bit more fun to do:-)

  26. Laura Wilce

    I can’t wait to try these! I’ve just added ham to my shopping list and I’ve got the puff pastry chilling in the fridge.

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, do let me know how you get on:-)

  27. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    Loving the patterns on these, they look better than anything in Greggs 😉 Thanks for entering into CCM

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah:-)

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