James Carrier Photo by: James Carrier

Salmon-Herb Turnovers

Notes: These pastries are an appetizer-size take on the classic Russian kulebiaka, an elaborate savory pie with a filling of salmon or sturgeon and rice. The original is made with yeast dough, but purchased puff pastry is an easy shortcut. You can make the filling (steps 1 through 3) for this streamlined version up to 3 days ahead; cover and chill.

Sunset APRIL 2003

  • Yield: Makes 27 pastries; 10 to 12 servings


  • 1 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms (common, exotic, or a mixture)
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 8 ounces boned, skinned salmon fillet, rinsed, patted dry, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs such as chervil, chives, dill, parsley, or tarragon
  • 3 sheets (each 9 in. square) thawed frozen puff pastry (1 1/2 packages, 17.3 oz. each)
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend with 1 tablespoon water


1. In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart pan, bring chicken broth and rice to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is tender to bite, about 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a 2- to 3-quart pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and mushrooms and stir often until onion is soft and liquid has evaporated, 7 to 8 minutes. Add wine, increase heat, and bring to a boil; add salmon chunks and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until salmon is broken into flakes and most of the liquid has evaporated, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in rice, salt, pepper, and herbs.

3. Cut each puff pastry sheet into nine 3-inch squares. On a lightly floured work surface, with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll each square once in each direction to flatten and stretch to approximately 4 inches. Place 1 tablespoon filling in the middle of each square. Brush edges lightly with egg mixture and fold diagonally over filling to make triangles; pinch edges to seal. Arrange pastries 1/2 inch apart on two cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. Lightly brush the top of each pastry with egg mixture.

4. Bake pastries in a 375° regular or convection oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutritional analysis per pastry.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 194
  • Calories from fat: 56%
  • Protein: 4.7g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 2.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 16g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 132mg
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

Go to Full Version of

Salmon-Herb Turnovers Recipe