Turkey on Leaf Cutouts

Perfect for fall entertaining, make sandwiches using leaf-shaped biscuits and a savory filling of shaved turkey, almonds, and fruit butter.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 4 cup all-purpose flour*

  • 4 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ⅓ cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup cooking oil

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • 1 recipe Pear-Sage Butter (below) or purchased apple butter

  • 10 ounce shaved smoked turkey

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted

Pear-Sage Butter

  • 2 cup peeled, finely chopped pears

  • ¼ cup water

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dried sage*


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl stir together the buttermilk and oil. Pour into flour mixture; stir just until moistened.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for 10 to 12 strokes. Roll out or pat dough to 1 inch thickness. Cut with a 3-inch leaf-shape cookie cutter, dipping cutter in flour between cuts. Transfer biscuits to an ungreased baking sheet. In a bowl combine melted butter and paprika. Brush biscuit tops with butter mixture.

  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Cool on a wire rack. With a serrated knife or a sharp knife, carefully split biscuits in half horizontally.

  4. Spread bottom half of each biscuit with 2 tablespoons of Pear-Sage Butter. Top with some of the smoked turkey and almonds; cover with biscuit top. Makes 8 to 10 sandwiches.

Pear-Sage Butter

  1. In a medium saucepan place pears, water, sugar, and dried sage. Cook and stir mixture over medium-low heat until bubbly. Boil gently, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is very thick and liquid is nearly evaporated, mashing fruit lightly after 15 minutes of cooking. Adjust heat to maintain a gentle boil. Remove from heat. Stir in fresh sage, if using. Cool completely.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

If desired, substitute 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or oat bran for 1/2 of the all-purpose flour.


If you prefer, omit dried sage and stir in 1 Tablespoon of fresh snipped sage after cooking is complete and the pan is removed from heat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

508 Calories
21g Fat
66g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 508
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 769mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 121.2mg 9%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 309mg 7%
Folate, total 112.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.