This recipe for homemade hand pies from Flynn McGarry of EUREKA in NYC brings on the after-school nostalgia. Turns out this young chef had never eaten or made a Hot Pocket before his debut on our Facebook Live. Inspired by the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Hot Pockets he created with our food editor, Jake Cohen, McGarry developed his very own version for the restaurant. Here, McGarry elevates the beloved snack with seasonal squash, nutty brown butter, sharp cheddar cheese and fragrant sage. We're just thankful he's sharing.
Roast Squash and Sage Hand Pies
Recipe adapted from Flynn McGarry
Yield: 9 pocket squares
Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus resting and cooling time
Cook Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, plus resting and cooling time
For the Dough:
3¼ cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1½ cups cold unsalted butter, cubed
½ cup cold water
For the Butternut Squash and Sage Filling:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium (about 3 to 4 pounds) butternut squash—peeled, seeded and cut into ¼-inch cubes
10 sage leaves, chiffonade
Kosher salt, to taste
½ cup (¼ pound) aged cheddar, cut into ¼-inch cubes
1 egg, for the egg wash
1 tablespoon whole milk, for the egg wash
1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the dry ingredients. While the motor is running, add the cubes of butter. Once the butter is incorporated, stream in the water. Transfer the dough mixture to a lightly floured surface and knead into a ball. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. Meanwhile, make the butternut squash and sage filling: Preheat the oven to 350º. In a small saucepot, brown the butter until it's a deep-brown color, 4 to 5 minutes. On a foil-lined baking sheet, toss the cubed butternut squash with the brown butter and sage, and season with salt. Roast the squash until very tender, 50 to 55 minutes. Allow the squash to cool at room temperature. Then, in a medium bowl, toss the cooled roast squash and cubed cheddar. Set aside for later.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk, and set aside.
4. Cut the dough in half. Using a rolling pin, roll one of the halves into a ⅛-inch-thick 36-by-36-inch square. Cut nine 4-by-4-inch squares and repeat the same process with the second ball of dough. Take one 4-by-4-inch square piece and place just less than 1½ tablespoons of the squash and cheese filling in the center. Lightly brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash, place another dough square directly on top and seal the edges while pressing out any excess air. Bake the squares until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the squares to a platter and serve hot.