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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, 2 empanadas each
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What You Need

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

Make It

PREPARE Empanada Dough as directed; set aside. Brown meat in medium skillet on medium heat; drain. Add onions, peppers, ham, dressing, tomato sauce and garlic; mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in cilantro. Set aside.

SHAPE dough evenly into 12 balls, using about 2 Tbsp. of the dough for each ball. Flatten each ball into 6-inch round. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the 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 any air pockets. Seal edges with fork.

HEAT oil in large deep skillet to 375°F. Add empanadas, in batches of three or four; cook 3 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Remove from oil; drain well. Cool slightly before serving.

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. Place on parchment paper-covered baking sheet; cover. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight. Cook as directed. To freeze, layer empanadas in airtight container between sheets of wax paper or parchment paper. Freeze empanadas up to 2 weeks; thaw completely and pat dry before cooking as directed.
Make it Easy
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 six (5-inch) squares from each sheet. Fill and seal as directed, forming triangles instead of semi-circles. Bake at 400°F for 18 to 20 min. or until pastry is golden brown. Makes 6 servings, two empanadas each.
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