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    Spinach Empanadas

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    57 mins

    45 mins

    12 mins

    JillAZ's Note:

    These take a little time to make but they are SOO delicious! They freeze very well and can be made ahead and reheated. I don't remember where I got this recipe but it is definitely requested a lot! Prep time does not include time for dough to chill.

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    1. 1
      For pastry: In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
    2. 2
      Gradually beat in flour and salt.
    3. 3
      The mixture will be very thick.
    4. 4
      Knead by hand.
    5. 5
      Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 3 hours.
    6. 6
      For filling: In a medium skillet, cook the onion and garlic in the reserved bacon drippings for 3-4 minutes until onion is tender but not brown.
    7. 7
      Stir in the crumbled bacon, spinach, cottage cheese, pepper and nutmeg.
    8. 8
      Let filling cool.
    9. 9
      Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
    10. 10
      On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry until it is 1/8 inch thick.
    11. 11
      Using a 3 inch cutter, cut out as many pastry circles as possible.
    12. 12
      Place 1 tsp filling on one half of each pastry circle.
    13. 13
      Moisten the edges of the circle with beaten egg mixed with a little water (eggwash) and fold the other half over the filling.
    14. 14
      Place on an ungreased baking sheet and seal the edges of the pastry with a fork.
    15. 15
      Brush tops with the egg and prick a small vent in each.
    16. 16
      Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
    17. 17
      Serve warm with salsa for dipping.
    18. 18
      To freeze: After baking, allow to cool. Freeze on a baking sheet until firm, then transfer to a large freezer bag. Seal & label.
    19. 19
      To reheat: Reheat on a baking sheet at 450 degrees until just heated through. About 10 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 30, 2010


    • on June 26, 2007


      This is the easiest and best pastry I have ever made! I changed the filling a bit - omitted the bacon to make them vegitarian and changed the cheese to a mixture of cojita and montery jack. I halved the recipe and got almost 25 - I didn't re-roll the scraps, so I could have made more. I plan on serving these at a wedding. Thanks for the great recipe, JillAZ!

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    Nutritional Facts for Spinach Empanadas

    Serving Size: 1 (1588 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 90.0
    Calories from Fat 59
    Total Fat 6.6 g
    Saturated Fat 3.7 g
    Cholesterol 22.3 mg
    Sodium 105.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 2.1 g

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