{Recipe} : Empanadas

Written by Mommy Cameron

I have a hard time finding dinner meals that all three of my boys will eat.  To be honest, all three of them have very different tastes.  However, tonight, I was successful!  YAY!

I found a recipe for empanadas on Pinterest.  The few times I have had empanadas, I really enjoyed them, so I thought I would give them a try with and see what the boys thought.  Surprisingly, they were a success, or at least what counts as a success in our house, which is that everyone ate at least one of them.



For Pastry
2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 TBSP coarse salt
1/2 C cold unsalted, cubed
3/4 C ice water

For Insides:
4 ounces cream cheese
1 lb or cooked chicken, (cubed or shredded)
¼ cup sour cream
1 cup shredded, sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup corn
salt & pepper to taste
1 beaten egg
1 TBSP milk


1.  Pre heat the over to 400 degrees.  Using a food processor pulse together flour, baking powder and salt.
2.  Add the cubed butter to the food processor and mix until the mixture is a coarse meal with a few pea sized pieces.
3.  Add ½ cup ice water to food processor until dough is crumbly, but holds together when squeezed.
4.  Put dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough comes together.
5.  Divide into 2 equal parts, flatten them into disks and wrap in saran wrap.  Refrigerate while you make the fillng.
6.  Melt cream cheese in microwave for about 30-45 seconds.
7.  Add the chicken to a large bowl with the cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and corn.  Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
8.  Line baking pans with parchment paper.
9.  On a lightly floured surface roll out one part of the dough until about 1/8 inch thick.  Cut out 4 inch circles.  I used a bowl to do this.
10. Place 1-2 TSBP of chicken onto each circle.
11.  Fold the edges over and seal with a little bit of water.  Then use a fork to press down the edges.
12.  Brush each half circle with the egg wash (beaten egg & milk).
13.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, until they are golden brown.
14.  Enjoy!

What have you put inside of empanadas?