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Vegan Turnovers

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 45 min

Cook Time: 40-45 min

Servings: 8

Recipe By: Moosewood Collective

From:  Moosewood Restaurant New Classics: 350 recipes for homestyle favorites and everyday feasts
Used with permission of Moosewood, Inc.

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Vegan Turnovers

These enticing savory turnovers make an impressive appearance at the dinner table - hot, puffed, flaky, and golden brown. The creamy tofu filling is snappy with sun-dried tomatoes, nutritious with greens, and full of herbs and spices.

1  cake of firm tofu (16 ounces)
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed)*
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/4 teaspoon salt, or less to taste
4 cups rinsed, stemmed, and chopped greens
1  pinch of dried thyme{
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground fennel seeds{
2  garlic cloves{, minced or pressed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or basil or 1 teaspoon dried dill or basil
3/4 pound filo pastry (12x17-inch sheets)**
1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place tofu between two plates, weight the top plate with a heavy object, and press for 20 minutes. Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a heat-proof bowl, cover with boiling water, and set aside.

Meanwhile, warm the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and salt and sauté on medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until translucent. Add the greens, thyme, and fennel; then cover, lower the heat, and continue to cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often until the greens are tender but still bright green. Drain and set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, crumble the pressed tofu and add the garlic, lemon juice, and the dill or basil. Process until the mixture is smooth and creamy. In a bowl, combine the tofu mixture with the drained cooked greens and mix well. Drain and chop the sun-dried tomatoes and fold them into the filling.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil two baking sheets.

Unfold 16 sheets of filo on a clean, dry working surface. Have the filling, the oil, and a pastry brush nearby. Take two sheets of filo from the stack and place them with the short sides facing you. Brush lightly with oil and neatly fold in half lengthwise. Brush the strip with oil. Place 1/2 cup of filling at the near end of the rectangle. Fold the lower left corner up and over diagonally until the bottom edge is flush with the right side and you have a triangle at the end. Keep folding the triangle up, as you would a flag, to make a triangular pastry. Brush both sides with a little oil and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Repeat to make 8 pastries in all. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the turnovers are golden brown and slightly puffed.
Chef Suggestions
*If you like, replace the sun-dried tomatoes with chopped, pitted kalamata, Sicilian green, Nicoise, or Spanish olives.

**You can use puff pastry instead of the filo; thaw it according to the instructions on the package. After filling, bake turnovers for 20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
As prepared, each serving contains 355 calories, 27.8g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 370.9mg sodium, 20.4g total carbohydrate and 9.6g protein.

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