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Main dishes

Savory Beef Empanadas

Savory Beef Empanadas recipe
photo by:kraft
These delicious empanadas are made with a versatile dough that can be either fried or baked.
time
prep:
40 min
total:
1 hr
servings
total:
6 servings
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What You Need

1
 recipe Empanada Dough
1
lb.  lean ground beef
1/4
cup  each chopped onions and green peppers
3
slices  OSCAR MAYER Smoked Ham, finely chopped
2
Tbsp.  KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
2
Tbsp.  tomato sauce
2
cloves  garlic, minced
1/4
cup   chopped fresh cilantro
1
cup  oil

Make It

PREPARE Empanada Dough as directed.

BROWN ground beef in medium skillet on medium heat; drain. Add onions, peppers, ham, dressing, tomato sauce and garlic; mix well. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro.

SHAPE dough into 12 balls, using about 2 Tbsp. dough for each. Flatten each ball into 6-inch round. Spoon about 1/4 cup meat mixture onto center of each round. Moisten edges with water. Fold dough rounds in half to enclose filling; press lightly on tops to remove air pockets. Seal edges with fork.

HEAT oil in large deep skillet to 375°F. Add empanadas, in small batches; cook 3 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Remove from oil with slotted spoon; drain well. Cool slightly.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
You'll know it is a special occasion when you get to enjoy a serving of this indulgent dish.
Make Ahead
Prepare empanadas as directed but do not fry. Place on parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Cook as directed. To freeze, layer unbaked empanadas in airtight container between sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper. Freeze up to 2 weeks; thaw completely and pat dry before cooking as directed.
Shortcut
Substitute 1 pkg. (17.3 oz.) frozen puff pastry, thawed, for the Empanada Dough. Roll each pastry sheet into 15x10-inch rectangle on lightly floured surface. Cut out 6 (5-inch) squares from each sheet. Fill and seal as directed, forming triangles instead of semi-circles. Bake in 400°F oven 18 to 20 min. or until golden brown.
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