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Pâte à choux puffs, cut in half and filled with curried turkey salad, with decorative toothpicks through them to hold in place
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Curried Turkey Salad on Choux Buns

Classic French Pâte à Choux filled with a sweet and savoury curried turkey salad. The perfect finger food for the holidays, brunch, or just because.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple, Cranberry, Pate a Choux, Turkey, yellow curry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings (makes approx 12 buns, depending on size)

Ingredients

Choux Buns:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salted butter cut into cubes
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature

Curried Turkey Salad:

  • 350 g cooked Turkey cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 Tbsp yellow curry powder dependent on your taste
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • ½ cup finely diced celery
  • 2 Tbsp finely diced red onion
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup Julienne Granny Smith Apple you can also grate the apple but you won’t get the same crunchy texture
  • Lettuce or other greens for garnish

Instructions

Choux Buns:

  • Preheat your oven to 375˚F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw 12 circles on the parchment paper about 3-4 cm in diameter. Flip the parchment over so the ink is facing down.  Set aside.
  • In a medium size saucepan, over medium-high heat, add water, butter, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. The butter should be completely melted, and sugar and salt dissolved.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and dump in all the flour at once. Stir until the mixture forms a paste.
  • Return the pan to the element, reduce heat to medium, and continuously mix for another 2-3 minutes. The dough will form a ball, and a film will develop on the bottom of the pan. Keep mixing, pushing the dough around the pan, spreading it out and mixing it back into a ball.  You want the dough to dry out slightly and become shiny.
  • Transfer the dough to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. You can also use a handheld beater. Turn the mixture onto low speed to allow the dough to cool off and release steam.
  • Once cooled slightly, begin adding the eggs. You only want to add one egg at a time and allow the egg to become completely combined before adding another. The dough should be glossy and pipeable so that it holds the mounds you form them into.
  • Transfer the dough to a piping bag (a Ziplock bag works, too). Pipe the dough into the prepared circles. If there are any pointy tops, or uneven edges, simply dip your finger into water, and dab the tops and edges until smooth.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Do not open the oven during this baking process.
  • After 30 minutes, turn the oven heat off, open the oven door to allow the steam to escape, and close it again, leaving the choux buns in the oven. Let the choux buns sit in the oven with the heat off for another 15 minutes. This will help the shell harden and prevent it from being too soft.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Curried Turkey Salad:

  • In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients (except the lettuce or other greens). Stir until fully combined. Keep in the fridge until ready to assemble the buns.

To Assemble:

  • Cut each choux bun in half through the middle horizontally.
  • Scoop 1 Tbsp of Curried Turkey Salad into the bottom half of the bun.
  • Place a small leaf of lettuce or other greens on top of the Curried Turkey Salad.
  • Scoop another 1 Tbsp of Curried Turkey Salad on top of the greens.
  • Place the top of the bun on top and secure with a decorative toothpick.