Football Fest Empanadas
Classic empanadas from South America are often stuffed with beef or chicken filling and then fried. This version undergoes a Southwest transformation with a spicy combo of chicken, black beans, corn and jalapeños plus a spritz of lime juice. Submitted by Jane McMillan, published in Taste of Home Fenruary 2012
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- 16 ounce(s) Black bean and corn salsa
- 1/2 cup(s) Frozen corn Thawed
- 2 JalapeÃ±o peppers Seeded and minced
- 3 tablespoon(s) Minced fresh cilantro, divided
- 2 teaspoon(s) Lime juice
- 9 ounce(s) Ready-to-use Southwestern chicken strips Chopped
- 2 package(s) (14.1 oz each) refrigerated pie pastry
- 4 ounce(s) Quesadilla cheese Shredded
- 1 Egg Lightly beaten
- In a large bowl, combine the salsa, corn, jalapeño, 2 Tbsp cilantro, and lime juice. In another bowl, combine the chicken, remaining cilantro, and 1/2 cup salsa mixture; set aside. Reserve remaining salsa for serving.
- Unroll a pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. Using a floured 4-inch round cookie cutter placed halfway on edge of pastry, cut 4-in x 3-in football shapes. Repeat with remaining dough, chilling and rerolling scraps as needed.
- Transfer half of the cutouts to greased baking sheets. Place 1 Tbsp chicken mixture in the center of each; top each with 1-1/2 tsp cheese. Brush edges of pastry with egg. Top with remaining cutouts; press edges with a fork to seal. Cut slits in the tops to resemble football laces. Brush tops with egg.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.serve warm with reserved salsa mixture. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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Football Fest Empanadas Recipe at a Glance
- COURSE: Snacks