Sweet Potato Empanadas

Recipe by SassyStew
READY IN: 4hrs 45mins
SERVES: 10-12




  • Dough: Cream the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed.
  • When well mixed, add the flour and salt in two or three additions and continue to mix just until the dough comes together.
  • Turn out the dough and knead a few times to form a cohesive ball.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill it for at least three hours and up to a few days.
  • Filling: Peel the yams and slice them into equal-sized chunks.
  • Rinse the yams off and place them in a medium pot with about two inches of cold water.
  • Bring to a boil, and then simmer until tender. 15 - 25 minutes depending on the size of the yams.
  • When you can slide a knife easily into the yams, remove from heat and drain.
  • Add butter, cumin, salt and a few grinds of black pepper and mash together until smooth.
  • Chill filling until cool. If you make the filling right after the dough, they will both be ready at the same time, or you can cover and keep in the fridge for a few days.
  • Assembly:Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Divide dough in half. Roll out one half to 1/8" thickness. This will be easier if the dough has only chilled for three hours, but if it has been overnight, it is still possible, just a little harder. Do not let the dough set out a room temperature.
  • Cut out circles using a 3" biscuit cutter or a glass.
  • Place your dough rounds on a cookie sheet, separating layers with waxed paper. Continue with the other dough half. The remainders can be re-rolled once to no ill effect. The dough rounds can be used right away, or kept wrapped in plastic in the fridge for up to two days.
  • Place about a teaspoon of filling in a dough round and fold in half. Pinch the edges together to form the empanads. There is no need to seal the edges with anything other than your fingers, although the tines of a fork make an interesting design.
  • Place each filled empanada on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat about one inch apart.
  • Make the egg wash by beating the egg with the water.
  • Brush the egg wash on each pastry being sure to cover the entire empanada.
  • Make a small slit in the top of each empanada with a sharp paring knife.
  • At this point, I like to chill the empanadas for an additional 10 minutes to be sure that they keep their shape in the oven.
  • Bake each tray at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes until they are golden. Cool on racks.