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Weekend Cooking – Quick Breakfast Empanadas

January 23, 2010

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Okay, I admit it, I’m pretty spoiled at times.  Carl gets up on the weekends and cooks breakfast.  He’s been saying he needs to find some new breakfast recipes, so I was really excited when I spotted the Quick Breakfast Empanadas in the KitchenAid Best-Loved Recipes cookbook.  I showed him the recipe when he got home and he agreed that it looked tasty.  He decided to make them last weekend and they were delicious.  He did say that he thought he would add more salsa and more cheese the next time.  (This recipe would be easy to modify lots of different ways.)  The picture I took of his creation doesn’t do it justice – they looked much better than this.  Here’s the recipe:

½ pound bacon (about 10 slices)

1 package refrigerated pie crust

9 eggs, divided

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon salt

dash black pepper

1 tablespoon butter

2 cups (8 ounces) Mexican style shredded cheese, divided

4 tablespoons salsa

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.  Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  Cook bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp; drain on paper towels and wipe out skillet.  chop bacon into ¼-inch pieces.  Cut pie crusts in half to make 4 semicircles; place on prepared baking sheet.
  2. Beat 1 egg and water in small bowl until well blended’ set aside.  Beat remaining 8 eggs. salt and pepper in medium bowl until well blended.  Heat large skillet over medium heat.  Add butter; tilt skillet to coat bottom.  Sprinkle bacon evenly in skillet.  Pour eggs into skillet and cook 2 minutes without stirring; gently stir until eggs form large curds and are still slightly moist.  Transfer to plate to cool.
  3. Spoon one-fourth of cooled scrambled egg mixture onto half of each semicircle of pie crust.  Reserve ¼ cup cheese; sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over eggs.  Top with salsa.
  4. Brush inside edges of each semicircle with reserved egg-water mixture.  Fold dough over top of egg mixture and seal edges with fork, making 4 empanadas.  (Flour fork tines to prevent sticking, if necessary.)
  5. Brush tops of empanadas with remaining egg-water mixture and sprinkle with reserved cheese.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.
37 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2010 7:27 am

    These look good – and you sure are lucky to be so pampered!

  2. January 23, 2010 7:34 am

    Now I’m hungry!! Looks like a great recipe – I’ll have to show it to my husband 😀

  3. January 23, 2010 8:07 am

    OMG, how easy is that? And yes, you could put in almost any kind of omelet fillings. I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing this great weekend recipe.

  4. January 23, 2010 8:19 am

    This looks really good. How great that you have a husband who enjoys cooking. If I wasn’t here mine would eat out or eat sandwiches LOL.

  5. January 23, 2010 8:20 am

    This is a win-win for me. I love anything with Mexican flavors, and I’m always looking for new recipes for weekend breakfast. I’m giving these a try tomorrow morning.

  6. January 23, 2010 9:02 am

    Yummmmm.. Of course, everything looks better when I’m doing Game On! I might have to try this recipe though. I could do turkey bacon and egg whites and low fat cheese. Of course, the pie crust would be the killer!

  7. January 23, 2010 9:15 am

    Those look fabulous! I’ve never made empanadas and didn’t realize how straightforward they are to make. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. January 23, 2010 9:18 am

    OMG those look delicious!!! And how lucky that Carl gets up and cooks for you on the weekends! That man is a keeper!

  9. January 23, 2010 9:34 am

    This looks fantastic and now the oatmeal I was about to have doesnt seem good enough…LOL

    I am jotting down this recipe! Thank you! 🙂

  10. January 23, 2010 9:53 am

    I think even I could make these! Yay. I’m going to copy the recipe. Thanks. And…can I have your husband for, say, Sunday morning?

    Straight From Hel

  11. January 23, 2010 10:05 am

    This looks delicious! Too bad I’m sitting at work right now and can’t make some of my own…

    Thanks for the recipe!

  12. January 23, 2010 10:39 am

    Hi Kathy,
    Looks really yummy and easy! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

    Sherrie’s Stuff

  13. January 23, 2010 10:41 am

    Guess what I’m making for breakfast tomorrow? These look fantastic!

  14. January 23, 2010 11:17 am

    This is making my morning porridge look a little sad and boring! Though I did venture to beans on toast this morning. This really does look too delicious for words.

  15. January 23, 2010 11:19 am

    I’m not particularly a fan of breakfast foods but these look like they might even suit me.

  16. January 23, 2010 11:25 am

    Oh YEAH! This looks like something I would inhale with no problem whatsoever. I love breakfast, I love empanadas. Perfection!

  17. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 23, 2010 11:26 am

    I think this looks pretty tasty just from the picture. And you are a lucky gal that Carl makes you breaksfasts like this on the weekends. I’m excited that JAson makes the coffee 😉

  18. January 23, 2010 1:08 pm

    That does sound so good. I’m going to show this post to my husband. He considers himself the expert at breakfast cooking. I like dishes like this that have everything right together in one.

  19. January 23, 2010 1:53 pm

    Yum, thanks for sharing, Kathy! Cheese (esp. melted) is a basic food group around here.

    Jon makes breakfast on the weekends, too, but it’s only bagels 😦

  20. January 23, 2010 2:10 pm

    oh my gosh, that sounds terrific. Will have to try. I also posted a breakfast recipe this week.

  21. January 23, 2010 2:16 pm

    I wish I’d had these for breakfast this morning instead of my usual oatmeal! 🙂

  22. January 23, 2010 2:46 pm

    We love breakfast items for supper, so will give this recipe a try. I think the family will love it.

  23. January 23, 2010 2:49 pm

    wow, I love empanadas!

  24. January 23, 2010 7:37 pm

    That looks so good! I’m definitely going to have to give it a try!

  25. January 23, 2010 8:14 pm

    Yum! And I support the more salsa and more cheese idea.

  26. January 23, 2010 8:46 pm

    You have made me seriously hungry and this doesn’t sound too hard to do!! Your hubby is awesome!! 😀

  27. January 23, 2010 9:38 pm

    Yummy! Those look great! That’s so sweet that your husband does that for you 🙂

  28. January 23, 2010 10:33 pm

    These look and sound great! What a sweet husband you have to make breakfast on the weekends.

  29. January 24, 2010 10:23 am

    Yummy! My sister and I were just thinking if only we had the ingredients we’d make it now! That looks good. I bet sausage in lieu of bacon would be good too.

  30. January 24, 2010 12:40 pm

    Oh my, those look delicious. Now I just need someone to make them for me!

  31. January 24, 2010 11:15 pm

    Looks absolutely yummy! Thanks for sharing, I’m going to have to try this out my next day off, if I get one.

  32. January 25, 2010 12:19 pm

    I’m so glad you shared this with us…or just me since I was curious! MMM looks yummy, and I love adding more cheese to all recipes.

  33. January 25, 2010 1:28 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  34. January 25, 2010 2:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. These look very yummy! What a sweet hubby you have!

  35. January 25, 2010 4:20 pm

    You know, I don’t think I have ever even had an empanada, breakfast or otherwise but this looks really good. I may have to try this!

  36. January 28, 2010 1:49 pm

    Now that’s my kind of breakfast. Sadly, I rarely eat like that in the mornings.


  37. January 29, 2010 8:11 am

    Yumm, yumm…these look lovely!

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