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Turkey and Biscuits Are a Match Made in Heaven
If you are entertaining for a crowd, you can create tasty appetizers by transforming ordinary biscuits into a tasty finger food with a delicious turkey filling. It's easy to do, and you will be pleased with the results.
If you're a fan of turkey pie, these spirals offer close to the same taste, but are much easier to make. Biscuits and turkey go well together and can be combined to make this delicious dish with a twist.
These may look tricky, but they are easy to make: you simply roll out your biscuit dough on a floured counter, you mix up your turkey filling, and you spread it over your dough that you then roll up (like you would when making cinnamon buns), and cut it into rounds prior to baking.
Biscuits spirals are also known as "pinwheels," but whatever you call them, adding a layer of turkey filling to your dough makes for delicious eating.
You can pretty much use any biscuit recipe to make these but I've included my favorite recipe below.
- 2 cups flour
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 4 tbsp. vegetable shortening
- 1 cup milk
Preparing Biscuit Dough
- Mix dry ingredients, cut in lard until crumbly, add milk and stir lightly until dough forms.
- Add more liquid, if necessary, to make a slightly moist dough. Knead gently.
- Sprinkle flour on counter.
- Roll out biscuit dough to a thickness of 1/4".
- Shape into a large rectangle.
Preparing Turkey Mixture
While you can just break up flaked turkey with a fork and use that as your filling, it is recommended that you season your filling for tastier results.
In a bowl, mix together:
- 2 tins of flaked turkey (156 grams)
- Celery chopped fine (amount to preference)
- Onion chopped fine (amount to preference)
- Poultry seasoning (to taste)
Using a pastry cutter, cut turkey until finely minced. Add chopped onions and celery, then shake in poultry seasoning. Mix well and check flavor, adding more poultry seasoning until turkey is spicy and seasoned to taste.
Adding Turkey Filling to Biscuit Base
Adding Turkey Filling and forming Spirals
- Spread turkey mixture over biscuit dough, leaving 1/2" around the edges. A spatula serves well for this purpose.
- Starting on wide side of rectangle, roll up dough jelly-roll style until a rectangular log is formed.
- To seal, moisten edges with water and pinch together until a seam forms.
Rolling Your Biscuit Dough Into a Log
Cut Into Spirals
- Place log seam-side down on a cutting board and slice into 1/2" wide sections.
- Place biscuit spirals on lightly buttered cookie sheet.
- Bake at 325° reducing oven temperature to 300° towards end of cooking time. Bake until biscuit rounds are golden brown.
Place on Baking Sheet
Tips for Making Perfect Spirals
- Moist: Make sure biscuit dough is slightly moist so that when spirals cook, biscuit crust is not dry and crumbly.
- Rolled Tightly: When rolling up biscuit dough, ensure that the log is rolled tightly to prevent filling mixture spilling out due to gaps (between filling and biscuit dough) inside spiral.
- Double-pan: Adding an extra pan ensures that bottoms of spirals do not over-brown.
- Oven Rack: Position oven rack higher up in oven to prevent bottoms from over-browning
Biscuit Spirals in Pan Ready to Pop Into Oven
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Ready to Eat
- Biscuit spirals can be served cold and as is.
- If desired, serve either cold or warm with butter.
- Serve warm and top with turkey gravy.
Crispy on the Outside and a Moist Flavorful Filling on the Inside
A Good Make-Ahead Party Food
Because these make such a great appetizer, you may choose to make them ahead of time and freeze them. This is doable and they taste every bit as good. You may opt to slightly warm them before serving.
Delicious at Any Time
Whether you serve these as party food or you serve along with a homemade soup, or you pack them into lunches, you will love the unbeatable taste of turkey-filled biscuit spirals.
© 2013 Athlyn Green
What do you think?
Athlyn Green (author) from West Kootenays on May 04, 2017:
These are always a hit when I have people in. And they are tasty too.
Spanish food. I always double up on my baking pans and it makes such a difference. No more burned bottoms on cookies or loaves or anything else.
Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 02, 2017:
Your tip on doubling up the baking pans is one I've never heard before! Thanks for sharing.
sweetie1 from India on April 09, 2013:
Wow very beautiful.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 03, 2013:
I love the look of the spirals. Similar to local cookies. Voted up
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 18, 2013:
Wow! Look so good! Thanks for sharing such a simple to follow recipe