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Ham and Cheese Empanadas

Ham and Cheese Empanadas


Updated July 19, 2017

2

sheets Pillsbury™ frozen puff pastry sheets

1 1/2

cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1

cup ham, chopped in small pieces

1

tablespoon sesame seed (optional)

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  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  • 2

    Carefully stretch out the puff pastry. With a circular cookie cutter, cut the dough in 9-inch circles.

  • 3

    Mix the cheese and ham in a small container. Set aside.

  • 4

    Add 2 tablespoons of the cheese and ham in the center of each circle. Fold and seal the edges with a fork.

  • 5

    Mix the egg with the water. Set aside.

  • 6

    Arrange the empanadas on a large cookie sheet and brush the top with the egg wash. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds, if desired.

  • 7

    Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown.

Expert Tips

  • Use chicken or turkey ham in place of the pork ham to give the empanadas a unique flavor.

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More About This Recipe

  • In Venezuela these empanaditas made with puff pastry are called pastelitos. They're a popular breakfast menu item, and they’re truly delicious! The fillings can vary: there are cheese, ham and cheese, chicken, beef, ricotta and spinach empanadas, among the many other kinds. At home I make pastelitos quite often, since they're my family's favorite. Prepare them, and surprise your family with a breakfast that's different and oh-so-tasty!

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