Prepare empanadas as directed but do not bake. Place on parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Bake as directed. To freeze, layer unbaked empanadas in airtight container between sheets of waxed or parchment paper. Freeze up to 2 weeks; thaw in refrigerator before baking as directed.
Impress your guest by shaping empanadas differently. Or place a stencil over unbaked empanadas, brush beaten egg around stencil, then remove stencil and bake as directed.
How to Toast Nuts
Toasting nuts adds crunch and intensifies their flavor. To toast in the oven, spread nuts into shallow pan. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 15 min. or until nuts are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Or to toast on the stovetop, place nuts in skillet; cook on medium heat until golden brown, stirring frequently.