Sep 9, 2012

Ham and Mushroom Handpies #SundaySupper

It´s Tailgating time. Whatever that means. I totally understand the concept, as it was perfectly explained to me by my fellow supperers, but the name still baffles me. It is a funny name. And a great excuse to make, serve, eat and share all that greasy, spicy, saucy, cheesy, fried, finger-licking food you feel bad eating all the time. Well, now is the time. No one will judge because we´re all sporting sticky fingers and extra napkins.

Today, our Sunday Supper table, hosted by Lane, meets sports. And sports meet food. And food meets hungry, fanatic, loud people around whatever kind of ball has your heart. The closest I came to american football was ages ago, when Joe Montana was the man of the moment (remember that?). I lived near SF for two years and of course couldn´t avoid talks about the 49ers even if I wanted to.

For me it was perfect timing, since last night were the preliminary matches played to qualify for the Soccer World Cup. Our sport here is soccer. BIG time. No other comes even close. So last night was a big deal. You could hear the cheers, that´s a mild word I´m using, every time we scored. It was a good thing we scored a few times and won, otherwise you have frustrated people everywhere the next day. Because it´s a mandatory topic whenever the national team plays.

This handpies are extraordinary. The crust is flaky almost like a puff pastry. The filling is one I´ve made a million times. I used to make more than a hundred at a time of these mini pies and freeze them. They are an absolute crowd pleaser. Just pop them frozen in the oven and half an hour later you have gorgeous golden bites.
The combination of mushrooms, green onions and ham works so well together, there´s no need to use herbs to make it flavorful. I especially like the addition of a bit of white wine, it gives it a slight sharp depth the way only alcohol can. The crust is very neutral so can be used for a variety of fillings. Even sweet ones. I will post one of those this week. Stay tuned.
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For Flaky Butter crust: from Handheld Pies, by Sarah Billingsley and Rachel Wharton

1 cup (225g) cold unsalted butter
2 cups (280g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4/5 Tbs ice cold water

For filling:

1/3 cup chopped green onion
1 ½ cups coarsely chopped fresh mushrooms
3 Tbs butter
2 Tbs flour
2 Tbs white wine
2 Tbs milk
2 Tbs cream
Salt and black pepper
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup chopped ham


For flaky butter crust:
Put ice cubes in a glass and fill with cold water. Reserve.
Cut butter in pieces and reserve in the refrigerator.
Put flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse to combine. Add cold butter and pulse until mixture is grainy and butter is the size of peas. Add 4 Tbs ice water and pulse using on/off, until dough barely starts to clump. Open the lid and check the dough consistency. If you take some in your hand and close your fist, it should come together. If it doesn´t, add 1 Tbs more ice water, pulse a few times and check again.
Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 2 days.

For filling:
In a skillet melt butter. Add chopped onions and mushrooms and cook for about 2 minutes on medium heat, until they begin to soften. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook for another minute or two. Add flour, mix well and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the flour begins to turn brown. Add wine and stir until it evaporates. Add milk and mix well. The mixture will be pasty.
Remove from heat, add cream, parmesan and ham. Check the salt and pepper. Mix well and let cool completely.

To assemble the handpies:

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut even rectangles, and place them side by side. Fill one of the rectangles with about 2 Tbs filling, paint the edges with water (I use my fingers) and then top it with another dough rectangle. Make sure the top piece goes all the way to the edges of the bottom piece. Prick the edges all around with a fork and refrigerate them for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350º F /180ºC
Bake handpies for about 30 minutes, until puffed and golden. Cool a bit on a wire rack and eat.

Makes about 20.

Join us around the family table this Sunday Supper as we share our favorite recipes and tailgating tips all day long.  Hop on twitter at 7pm EST for the live #SundaySupper chat and share your favorites.  We would love to add your recipes to our Tailgating Menu.
Menu Lineup

Pre Game Warm-ups:
o                    Edamame Hummus by Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
o                    Buffalo Wing Hummus by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
o                    Smokey Guacamole with Bacon by Family Spice
o                    Pepperoni & Mozzarella Pull Apart by In the Kitchen with KP
o                    Boneless Honey BBQ Chicken Wings by Juanita’s Cocina
o                    Candied Pecans by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
o                    Swabian Mini Meatballs (Schwaebische Mini Fleischkuechle) by Galactosemia in PDX
o                    Joe Montana’s Touchdown Guacamole by Noshing with the Nolands
o                    Hot & Spicy Popcorn Chicken by My Trials in the Kitchen
o                    Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites by Family Foodie
o                    Soft Pretzels with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce by girlichef
o                    Game Day Loaded Nachos by The Messy Baker
o                    Buffalo Chicken Dip by Home Cooking Memories
o                    Southwestern Spring Rolls by Supper for a Steal
o                    Pepperoni Pizza Puffs by Comfy Cuisine
o                    Roasted Garlic Bacon Dip with Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips by Daily Dish Recipes
o                    Beer Battered Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
o                    Indian Spiced Chicken Meatballs by Soni’s Food for Thought
On the Sidelines:
o                    Anne’s Best Potato Salad with Bacon and Peas by Webicurean
o                    Simple Roasted Purple Potatoes by Ruffles and Truffles
o                    Spicy BBQ Baked Beans by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Main Events:
o                    Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich by Cooking Underwriter
o                    Pollo Adobado con Papas (Adobo Chicken with Potatoes) by La Cocina de Leslie
o                    Poor Man’s Burrito by Shockingly Delicious
o                    Individual Muffuletta Sandwiches by Magnolia Days
o                    Far East Steak Salad by Diabetic Foodie
o                    Italian Sloppy Joes by The Weekend Gourmet
o                    Hot Chicken Chili by Momma’s Meals
o                    Louisiana Sloppy Joes by Sustainable Dad
o                    Hawaiian Chicken Wraps by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
o                    Grandpa Sal’s Sausage and Peppers by Daddy Knows Less
o                    Fancy Filet Chili by I Run for Wine
o                    Homemade Italian Sausage by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
o                    Flavorful Fall Marinade by Midlife Road Trip
o                    Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies by Chocolate Moosey
o                    Streusel Topped Pumpkin Bread by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
o                    Zucchini Cupcakes by In the Kitchen with Audrey
o                    Oven-Baked Churros by Small Wallet Big Appetite
o                    Swirl Nutella Cupcakes by Basic N Delicious
o                    Peanut Butter and Pretzel Truffles by Gotta Get Baked
From the Cooler:
o                    Sparkling Tropical Lemonade by Dinners. Dishes, and Desserts

Wine Pairings by Wine Everyday
Please be sure you join us on Twitter all day for this special football season Sunday Supper Event. We’ll be chatting it up at 7:00 p.m. EST for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll share our Tailgating Menu!
All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us throughTweetChat!
We’d also love to feature your Cookout recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share your Tailgating Menu with all of our followers!



  1. Yummy! Would be just awesome with beer!

  2. Oh my! Most all the hand pies I have had are sweet ones. These sounds so great and perfect for a party.

  3. Mmmm...these sound delicious! I'm pretty sure I'd be hanging out by the table that had these on it! ;)

  4. Oh these savory pastries look delicious! Mushrooms and ham? Sign me up.

  5. Oh my, what a wonderful recipe you have here!I would easily finish off the entire lot in a matter of minutes!!They look so so good!Love the filling ingredients too :)Cannot wait to try!

  6. Wow - the crust on the hand pies looks so gorgeously golden and flaky! These sound tasty: thanks for sharing!

  7. Love anything with pastry!! This looks so light and flaky... Can't wait to try!!!

  8. All I have to say... anything you make looks amazing! Love that you joined our tailgate!!!!

  9. I love hand pies :) These look so delicious!

  10. I love hand pies, I like to make them as easy lunch box fillers. This recipe looks perfect

  11. I was waiting for you to post the recipe to your pretty little hand pies! They are perfectly delicious! See you at #SundaySupper @fromagechick!

  12. YUM! your flakey pastry looks perfect, Paula. did you really make it in the food processor? we just finished picking the last of the apples off one of our trees. there are so many damaged ones (the squirrels and birds leave their bite marks but don't clean their plates!) that I need to do something with them NOW. hmmm... apple turnovers anyone?

  13. What perfectly made hand pies, Paula! And the filling of ham and mushrooms must taste amazing! Happy #SundaySupper~

  14. Paula, these photos are gorgeous! If only I could reach into my screen and grab one of your perfect, delicious hand pies. I wish that i could make pastry as beautiful as yours - time for me to get some practice by making this recipe!

  15. What gorgeous little hand pies my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. These look yummy . I'm going to try to convert to a gluten free recipe, wish me luck!!

  17. Yuuummmmmy!!! What amazing comfort food. I can totally see making these towards the end of the season when it's really cold out!

  18. These are adorable and sound delicious!!

  19. Those look beautiful! Sounds delicious and I love that everything is homemade including the crust.

  20. These look so yummy! I def have to step up my game with this #SundaySupper group! So many awesome recipes!

  21. These are gorgeous looking!! Love them!!

  22. WOW these look so good and I absolutely LOVE your pictures, they make them look so...pretty :)

  23. OMG these look amazing!! I have never made my own dough but this makes me want to try!

  24. AND you can't go wrong with parmesan cheese. It looks delicious.

  25. Perfect for tailgating and sports watching. Anything that you can eat with your hands is always good. The filling sounds wonderful!

  26. Awesome! From the look I know will love it. I am like pie very much and have not try using ham for fillings. Will try it soon! Thanks for sharing, Paula. You have a great week ahead!

  27. I've been drooling over these pictures all day here. I think these will be prepared this week--I may cheat and pick up some puff pastry dough, but I need to get this obsession out of my system!

  28. Paula, handpies are an absolutely wonderful invention - kids love them and adults too and the filling that you prepared sounds like something that I would love to eat - just delicious. Great post!

  29. I have been craving these since your sneaky peek on FB. They look amazing. Yum! Happy #SS!

  30. Growing up near Green Bay, I think we have tailgating down to an art. We literally pulled the tailgate of my dad's pickup truck down and set up a buffet in the Lambeau parking lot.

    These look so scrumptous, love me a hand filled pie.

  31. WOW that looks amazing. The photos are incredible and I love seeing a recipe for homemade handpies!

  32. I'm not much of a mushroom fan, but my husband would LOVE these. He's so mushroom-deprived!

  33. Yum what buttery flaky and mushroomy goodness. Like potpies without the pot. So very comforting.

  34. These looks simply delicious - I LOVE the flavors :))
    Mary x

  35. These look divine and love that you filled them with mushroom ! Will be making these ! thanks for sharing & your pics are absolutely perfect !

  36. i had never heard of 'handpies' until i read martha stewart's pies and tarts book. these look scrumptious! i'll definitely be tryign that pastry. thank you!

  37. I'm sure these would be gone in a flash Paula! What a great recipe!

  38. Oh Paula! These look so fantastic - I can't wait to try a batch.

  39. I'm the only mushroom fan around here, but I happen to think these look divine!

    Jamie @

  40. Paula - I live in the land of tailgaiting and I still don't really understand it! Every weekend these huge parties happen and I don't get it. Really, the food is never that good! :) No, however, if you made these tasty hand pies, I would drive miles to tailgait with you! ~ David


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