Easy Garlic Spinach Cheese Empanadas

I love Empanadas, but sometimes I didn’t feel like making them from scratch after a long day at work. On those special days, I do the quick version. If you don’t have the time to make your own dough, use frozen pie tops/crust or puff pastry.
Empanadas originated in Spain, and are now widely popular all over Latin America. Empanadas are pastries, filled with seafood, meat, cheese, vegetables or fruit.The name comes from empanar, which meant to coat with bread.

1 sheet of puff pastry (defrosted) makes 4 empanadas
9 oz cooked spinach
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp oil
1 cup of Monterrey jack cheese
salt, pepper
1 egg, beaten, for brushing
1. Preheat the over to 400.
2. In a small skillet,  cook the spinach (or heat it up if using frozen).
3. Add minced or grated garlic, stir well, cook for 2-3 minutes

4. Move the spinach to the mixing bowl and cool to room temperature.

5. Mix in the cheese salt and pepper.

6. Cut the pastry in four even circles. Place the fourth of the spinach/cheese mixture in the center of the circle. Wet your fingers with water and rub the edges of the pastry circle. Punch the edges together.

7. Place the empanadas on a baking sheet. Brush the empanadas with egg. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until they are golden brown.



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  1. says

    Visiting from Tasty Tuesday @ Naptime Creations

    I like that these are made with puff pastry–adds a great layer of texture. And garlicky spinach is one of my favorite things.


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