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Old 04-24-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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I made these for the first time last night and they came out really tasty! Wanted to share.

-I used store bought pie dough for the pastry part. You could make them even healthier by making your own dough.
The box i bought had 2 circles of dough in it, and I got 4-5 empanadas out of each circle (depends how big you want them).
I just used a big coffee mug to trace my circles

You can put just about anything inside for filling. This is what I put in:
-chopped fresh cilantro
-chopped fresh baby spinach (stems removed, personal preference)
-mushrooms, chopped and sauteed
-garlic sauteed, finely chopped
-zucchini, chopped and sauteed
-Rotel tomatoes, drained (tomatoes & chilies)
-lean ground turkey (browned it in a pan first)

-I wanted to put some onion in, but the ones at the store didn't look good
-Also wanted to put jalapenos in, but I forgot.

-Spoon some of the filling into the center of the dough and fold it over and press shut. A lot of mine opened in the oven, but I didn't mind if they looked messy...only cared about how they tasted!

Bake around 8 minutes on each side at 400 degrees, or until lightly golden.
I used a foil lined cookie sheet lightly sprayed with pam.

Best part (for me anyway): After they cooled, I put them in individual snack sized ziplock baggies and stuck them in the freezer. So easy to grab one for part of my lunch or dinner.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:01 AM   #2
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Cool. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks! I'll try it.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:20 AM   #4
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I have made healthy empanadas with whole wheat pizza dough, stretched quite thinly. I also stuff them with black beans mixed with mashed bananas (sounds gross but is yummy) and cilantro, as well as some spices. Bake them with a bit of oil brushed on. They are not very authentic, but very very tasty, freeze well, and are a nice change of pace.
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I like the idea of using the whole wheat pizza dough. I will try this. Do the bananas make it taste sweet? Plantains might be good.
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I've made them with the goya empanada disks (freezer section) and did one that was with shredded chicken/sofrito/cilantro then another that was Puerto Rican picadillo style with ground beef and olives.

They were both delicious and I made probably 48 (24 each), baked them, then froze them so I could grab one at a time. It took a good month for them to go, even with giving them away in packs of 4!

Skinnytaste has a recipe, including one for Cuban picadillo (which is similar to PR style)

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sounds yummy--gonna try them tonight!! thanks for sharing your ideas
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did try this last night but our local grocer didnt have the goya disks so i ended up getting egg roll wrappers from the produce section (170 cal. for 3) and baked them---WOW they were delicious!! made a dozen so there are lots of leftovers for lunches etc.
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