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Pasteis de Massa Tenra ❦ Portuguese Deep Fried Turnovers

These beautiful and tasty turnovers can be made savoury or sweet with your choice of fillings. I personally love them savoury, but my mom would sometimes fill them with pumpkin or tomato jam. I like mine with beef filling, but these pictured are chicken, as I had leftovers from dinner. They really are fast to make and a great solution for leftovers. You can fill them with whatever you have to hand. When my kids were little, I would fill them with scrambled eggs and bacon, making them a super, handheld, on the go breakfast. They just adored dipping them in ketchup. You can also freeze them, once assembled, and cook them from frozen.

Pasteis de Massa Tenra ❦ Portuguese Deep Fried Turnovers

45 minutes (30 minutes prep and rest)

Makes about 12

Recipe doubles beautifully


300 g. Plain flour

100-125 ml. Warm water

40 g. Lard

1 tsp. Salt


Cooked filling of your choice, ground beef, chicken, or veggies, cold and not too wet.


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add flour and make a well in the centre.

  2. In a smaller bowl, add warm water and salt. Stir to dissolve. Add lard.