These Pork Puff Pastry Pockets feature ground pork and onion plus gravy and cheese, all wrapped in flaky pastry. They’re a delicious way to reimagine leftovers.
It’s Boxing Day here in the UK, and I still haven’t exactly figured out what that means other than most people get the day off, and all the shops have early morning sales in the style of American Black Friday. For me, it’s yet another excuse to stay in my pajamas all day, but with the added bonus that I don’t have to cook because the fridge is groaning with leftovers.
Of course, this year we’re away for Christmas, so it’s not my kitchen. It’s strange not to have any responsibilities. For some reason, I can’t seem to just relax and enjoy it. Maybe it’s because I’m a crazy control freak. Maybe it’s just because I’m mildly obsessed with cooking and hosting. I actually really like it. It’s not in my nature to just be a guest. I’m old and set in my ways.
Because of my obsession with cooking and testing new recipes, trying to figure out how to use random leftovers has become a bit of a game. Quite often we just throw stuff in the microwave and eat it again exactly as is. But occasionally I make things like Pork & Onion Hand Pies, and then I have just ground pork with onions hanging around in my fridge. This time, I wanted to take my leftovers in a slightly different direction. That’s how these Pork Puff Pastry Pockets were born.
I’m going to share the recipe for what we’ve actually eaten, but I also hope this inspires you to just grab things from your fridge, stick them inside a sheet of store-bought puff pastry, and have an automatically awesome dinner. There are few things in life that can’t be improved with puff pastry. Serve it with some steamed veg and a bit of extra gravy for a quick and tasty dinner.
If you want to save yourself even more time, you can easily cook up the pork and onion ahead of time. Even mix in the gravy and cheese, and stash it in the fridge until you’re ready to wrap and bake. Bake all four at once, or two now and two later. Or use half the pork mixture for something else, like homemade pork pies. There are so many possibilities.
So if you’re staring down a fridge full of leftovers right now, give them new life. Pork Puff Pastry Pockets are just the beginning. Happy eating, friends. It’s gonna be awesome.
Don’t forget to share your creations on Instagram. Tag me or use the hashtag #awesomeon20. I love seeing what you’ve made.