Light Breakfast Empanadas

"Enjoy this hearty breakfast without feeling guilty about the calories. This recipe also contains a recipe on how to make corn tortillas (which form the crust of the empanada). This will show you how to make a perfect tortilla every time with the tortilla press (which, I'm surprised to say, I haven't seen anywhere else on the web)."
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  • Boil corn, then cut kernels off.
  • Puree corn with water in food processor.
  • Combine pureed corn and cornflour until blended. Roll into a ball and wrap in wax paper. Allow to rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat nonstick pan to medium temperature.
  • Scramble egg whites, cut prepared sausage links into small pieces, and set aside to cool slightly. NOTE: hot insides in an empanada could cause the crust to break apart.
  • Cut dough into 4 equal pieces, and roll each into a ball.
  • If not using a tortilla press, use a rolling pin to roll each ball into a tortilla shape and thickness. Apply additional cornflour as needed to prevent sticking.
  • If using a tortilla press, flatten one ball by hand while trying to retain a disc shape. Place between two sheets of wax paper in the tortilla press with a generous dusting of cornflour to prevent sticking. Press together just long enough to lock the handle. NOTE: don't lean on the tortilla press or hold it excessively long, or the tortilla could break up.
  • If using a tortilla press, peel off one sheet of wax paper, but keep the other one on.
  • Wet the perimeter of the tortilla with water.
  • Fill 1/2 of the tortilla with 1/4 of the egg, sausage, and cheese. Fold the tortilla half over and peel off the wax paper.
  • Pinch the edges together. Press along the fold with a fork if desired.
  • Cook empanada in a pan with light butter, turning when browned. Repeat for remaining dough.
  • Serve with salsa and guacamole if desired.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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