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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.
40 min
1 hr
6 servings

What You Need

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