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Apple and Pork Turnovers with Thyme Recipe

The flavors of the apples, thyme, lemon zest and Gorgonzola blend beautifully in this pork recipe.

Prep :  15 minutes | Cook:  30-35 minutes | Makes:  18 turnovers

Apple Pork Thyme Gorgonzola Cheese Turnovers, Empanada

Apple and Pork Turnovers with Thyme


  • 1 package frozen puff pastry sheets (17.3 ounce), thawed.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 apples, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese
  • Thyme for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Thaw the pastry sheets according to directions, for 40 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan* over medium heat.
  3. Season both sides of pork chop with salt and pepper.
  4. Saute in the saute pan until golden brown.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Add butter to the saute pan.   Add the apples, thyme and lemon zest.  Cook over medium heat until apples are tender, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat.
  6. Shred the pork and place in a large bowl.  Add the apple mixture and combine well.
  7. Roll out the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.  Cut with a 4.5 inch round cookie cutter.  Place about a tablespoon of the pork/apple mixture towards one side of the circle.  Add about a teaspoon of Gorgonzola cheese and fold over the dough.  Dip your finger in water and seal the edges.  Press the sealed edges with fork tines.  Garnish with thyme.
  8. Place on the prepared cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden and puffy.

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