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Weekend cooking: empanadas

May 23, 2010

At one of our neighborhood get-togethers last fall, one of our friends brought empanadas filled with seasoned beef and cheese that she served with peach salsa and guacamole and they were out of this world!  After listening to several of us beg for instructions, she invited us over to learn how to make them.  They were fun and easy to make!

  • We started with refrigerated pie dough, but you can make your own.  Cut the dough into circles – we used this handy tool, so ours were 3½ inches in diameter.
  • Brush the circles with beaten egg.  Put a small amount of filling on one side of the circle.  Fold it in half, and crimp.  Brush with a little more egg and bake at 400º until brown.  It’s that easy.
  • You can get creative with your fillings, but we used barbecued chicken, chicken pot pie filling, sausage in marinara sauce, lemon curd and cooked apples.  This is a great way to get rid of some leftovers!
  • We cut out small shapes and put them on the top of each empanada in order to identify their fillings.
  • Once they’re baked, these freeze well.
  • They’re great appetizers or you can serve them with other dishes, like soup or salad.

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2010 6:17 am


    These look fairly perfect.

  2. May 23, 2010 6:23 am

    Mmmmmm, these look to delicious. I love the “handy tool” too. It almost looks like a cookie cutter. I’m trying to imagine the peach in there. That’s really different.

  3. May 23, 2010 6:36 am

    Yum, looks really delish!

  4. May 23, 2010 6:37 am

    Your empanadas look delicious! I wouldn’t think to include cooked apples, but I bet that adds a wonderful flavor.

  5. May 23, 2010 7:13 am

    Ooh, they sound delish!

  6. May 23, 2010 7:41 am

    These are beautiful. I love the little shapes on top to identify them.

  7. May 23, 2010 8:03 am

    Oooh I love these. I have a friend whose sister makes homemade ones for every event, and all of us nearly fight over them. My stomach is growling…

  8. May 23, 2010 8:41 am

    This sounds yummy. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Thoughts in Progress

  9. May 23, 2010 10:41 am

    I’m totally making these for my next get-together. My friends will be so impressed! And, it sounds so delicious to top them with guacamole and mango salsa. Yum.

  10. May 23, 2010 11:16 am

    Oh, these look yummy!

  11. May 23, 2010 11:46 am

    I didn’t really know what empanadas were, so this was educational. I have some extra apples sitting around that I might try this with.

  12. May 23, 2010 12:02 pm

    I just saw something on the Food Network recently that made me want to cook empanadas. I love how versatile they can be. Great post!

  13. May 23, 2010 1:53 pm

    Very impressive! I love the shapes on top – too cute!

  14. May 23, 2010 2:15 pm

    This looks so good! I need to try this!

  15. May 23, 2010 2:56 pm

    Oh they look soooo good!

  16. May 23, 2010 6:10 pm

    Wow! I’m so jealous. Those look awesome. I think my kids would even eat them!

  17. May 23, 2010 6:53 pm

    Those look delish! I make empanadas with leftover turkey and 3 bean chili (I don’t eat red meat), strips of cheese, and the dough of two Pillsbury crescent rolls, using a fork to seal the edges. I never thought to try BBQ chicken before, but that’s a great idea!

  18. May 23, 2010 7:08 pm

    They look so good! I love how they look like they are perfect enough for a restaurant!

  19. May 23, 2010 7:20 pm

    Oh – these sound like a great winter recipe to prepare on a Saturday and have instant meals ready to go when needed. I will definitely favorite place this one!

  20. May 23, 2010 8:15 pm

    I had these once and LOVED them. Thanks for a fairly easy recipe even I can follow!

  21. May 23, 2010 8:24 pm

    thank you so much for reminding me about these! i made them a while back but they’ve been out of my cooking rotation for a bit. time to bring them back!

  22. May 23, 2010 9:17 pm

    This sounds like a recipe that I can follow!! Thanks for sharing!

  23. May 23, 2010 10:36 pm

    Empanadas rock! It is cool for to know that you can use the handy dough. I can think of 1001 things to put in them. MMM.. good stuff. Very very popular in California! 🙂

  24. May 23, 2010 10:39 pm

    looks good, sounds yummy. I’ll definitely try it out.

  25. May 24, 2010 12:01 am

    What a great idea. I’ve been working on an idea for a spicy chicken filling for tacos or enchiladas. I’m going to try the filling in these empanadas. Thanks Kathy.

  26. May 24, 2010 9:04 am

    I have never made these before, but they do look great! They are nice and golden, and look like they would make a wonderful snack or meal, and I am really intrigued by the peach salsa idea!! Thanks for posting this one~!

  27. May 24, 2010 9:07 am

    sounds SO good!

  28. May 25, 2010 3:19 pm

    These look and sound yummy. I will definitely start with the premade dough. Last time I tried to make my own dough for a pie I had a bad result!

  29. May 29, 2010 7:46 am

    What could be easier? Wow! Perfect for leftovers and so great to know that they freeze well.

    Sorry I was so late stopping by — As you know, I was getting ready to go out of town last week.

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