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Spinach Empanadas

Spinach Empanadas created by foxhound28

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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directions

  • For pastry: In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Gradually beat in flour and salt.
  • The mixture will be very thick.
  • Knead by hand.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 3 hours.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the crumbled bacon, spinach, cottage cheese, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Let filling cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry until it is 1/8 inch thick.
  • Using a 3 inch cutter, cut out as many pastry circles as possible.
  • Place 1 tsp filling on one half of each pastry circle.
  • Moisten the edges of the circle with beaten egg mixed with a little water (eggwash) and fold the other half over the filling.
  • Place on an ungreased baking sheet and seal the edges of the pastry with a fork.
  • Brush tops with the egg and prick a small vent in each.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve warm with salsa for dipping.
  • To freeze: After baking, allow to cool. Freeze on a baking sheet until firm, then transfer to a large freezer bag. Seal & label.
  • To reheat: Reheat on a baking sheet at 450 degrees until just heated through. About 10 minutes.
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"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. foxhound28
    Spinach Empanadas Created by foxhound28
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  2. foxhound28
    Spinach Empanadas Created by foxhound28
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  3. SassyStew
    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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  4. JillAZ
    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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