Breakfast Hand Pies

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Breakfast hand pies offer a fun twist on your typical breakfast. Eggs, green chiles, tomato, ham, and cheese get wrapped up in buttery, flaky puff pastry. 

A breakfast hand pie filled with eggs, ham, tomatoes, and green chiles on a blue plate.
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These breakfast hand pies are so yummy. We got the idea for this recipe from The Stone Lizard Lodge in Blanding, Utah. The Stone Lizard Lodge is a very special place to us. My grandparents built, owned, and operated the original motel, known as Motel Blanding. It later changed ownership and became the Stone Lizard Lodge. We try to stay there every time we head to Southeastern Utah. They serve the most wonderful breakfast including homemade cinnamon rolls and of course these “savory pockets” as they call them. Naturally, we wanted to recreate the savory pockets at home and we made these!

Breakfast Hand Pies Ingredients

  • Eggs –
  • Half and half –
  • Green chilies –
  • Ham –
  • Tomato –
  • Puff pastry sheets –
  • Cheddar cheese –

How to Make Breakfast Hand Pies

  1. Thaw puff pastry in the fridge overnight or on the counter for about 30 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, and salt and pepper. Cook in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once the eggs are cooked, add green chiles. Stir to combine.
  4. Cut each pastry sheet into 4 equally sized squares. Place them on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Cut out pieces of ham that will fit on one half of the pastry square and put one piece on each pastry square. Make sure to leave a margin on the edges for crimping the pies shut.
  6. Next, add a tomato slice to each pastry square on top of the ham.
  7. Then, scoop a small spoonful of egg mixture onto each pastry square on top of the tomato.
  8. Top the eggs with a pinch of shredded cheese.
  9. Fold the top piece of the pastry over the fillings and crimp the edges with a fork.
  10. In a small bowl, whisk one egg until combined. Using a pastry brush, brush a small amount of egg wash onto the top of each pastry.
  11. Top each pastry with another pinch of cheddar cheese.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until pastry is puffed and golden brown.
A cookie sheet on a blue background with four breakfast hand pies made and one with the filling on but still open.

Tips for Making Breakfast Hand Pies

The layering of these hand pies is very important. First, make sure to put the ham on the bottom – it protects the bottom from getting soggy. Additionally, make sure you leave enough margin on the side of the fillings so that you can crimp the sides closed. If the sides aren’t closed well enough, the filling will leak out the sides as the pastry puffs up. For the ham, we got sliced ham from our deli. We asked them to slice it on the thickest setting. If you aren’t able to get ham from the deli counter, you can layer several thinner pieces of ham on top of each other to achieve the same thickness. However, if you don’t want to use ham, you could also use bacon slices or sausage patties.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between empanadas and hand pies?

What are empanadas? Empanadas, also known as hand pies, are tiny pockets made of dough, baked or fried, and stuffed with a delicious filling. Check out this blog post for Sweet, Savory, and Spicy Empanadas.

What are the names of hand pies?

The humble hand pie goes by many different names: Call it a pasty, a turnover, an empanada, or whatever you like — the crowd-pleasing filled pastry is always welcome on any table

Can you make hand pies ahead of time?

Be sure to refrigerate pies containing eggs (pumpkin, custard and cream pies). Be aware that custard and cream pies do not freeze successfully. Fruit pies keep at room temperature for two days; you can store them, loosely covered, in the refrigerator for up to two days longer.

Where did hand pies originate?

Much of the world calls hand pies meat pies or pasties (PAS-ties) and traces their origins back to at least 19th-century England, where they were a convenient lunch for Cornish tin miners.

Breakfast hand pies on a platter with a garnish of tomato

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Breakfast Hand Pies

4.80 from 5 votes
Breakfast Hand Pies are a fun twist on your typical breakfast. Eggs, green chiles, tomato, ham, and cheese get wrapped up in buttery, flaky puff pastry. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 pies

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Thaw puff pastry in the fridge overnight or on the counter for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, and salt and pepper. Cook in a skillet over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan.
  • Once eggs are cooked, add green chiles. Stir to combine.
  • Cut each pastry sheet into 4 equally sized squares. Place them on a greased baking sheet.
  • Cut out pieces of ham that will fit on one half of the pastry square and put one piece on each pastry square. Make sure to leave a margin on the edges for crimping the pies shut.
  • Next, add a tomato slice to each pastry square on top of the ham.
  • Then, scoop a small spoonful of egg mixture on to each pastry square on top of the tomato.
  • Top the eggs with a pinch of shredded cheese.
  • Fold the top piece of the pastry over the fillings and crimp the edges with a fork.
  • In a small bowl, whisk one egg until combined. Using a pastry brush, brush a small amount of egg wash onto the top of each pastry.
  • Top each pastry with another pinch of cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until pastry is puffed and golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1pieCalories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 13gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 419mgPotassium: 178mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 404IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 2mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    Brilliant recipe, very clear and easy to follow. I surprised my wife and daughters with the hand pies today and they rated me “master chef” 😄
    It was delicious, thanks so much to Favorite Family Recipes 🙏🏽

  2. 4 stars
    We followed the recipes exactly and it was delicious. We had, however, about half of the egg mixture left over. We’ll remember that for the next time we make these.