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Empanadas are a popular street food and fun to re-create in your own kitchen. These empanadas have a hearty beef and vegetable filling encased in tender cream cheese pastry crust. Traditionally empanadas are fried, but Lucinda prefers to make a healthy version by baking them. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Source: Mad Hungry, September 2010



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  • Keano2
    20 OCT, 2013
    I loved the flavor and the choice in pastry was excellent. I have never made a cream cheese pastry before. It was beautiful. I did change the raisins to mushrooms (fresh and dried). I made a sour cream dipping sauce to go with and everyone loved both. This recipe opened up my eyes to the possibilities of this recipe. Yummy. One question....has anyone made a big batch of this dough and put it in the freezer?
  • empanadas
    20 JUL, 2012
    Great recipe! Only thing I changes is: I added 2 cloves of chopped garlic, I didnt put egg yolk in the mixture and I made bite sice empanadas, of 3 inch discs instead of 5 inch, but other than that I stuck with the recipe 100%, I even made the cream chesse pastry dough from scratch. The combination of the pastry and the filling are just perfect. They have such an authentic South American taste, It's just perfect. Perfect to make in advance, and frezze, and then just pop in the toaster oven.
  • herrfaron
    23 MAR, 2012
    Great recipe! I highly suggest doubling the dough recipe. I also ended up with a lot of extra meet.
  • JPDeLaney
    28 DEC, 2011
    I've used Lucinda's cream cheese/butter crust before and it's wonderful. The empanadas were delicious and easy to make. I'm trying to impress a new beau, and he liked them too!
  • Velouria
    3 JUN, 2011
    My husband said these were the best meat empanadas he's ever had! Did anyone else have leftover filling? I followed the recipes exactly but ended with quite a bit of the meat mixture left over. Hmmmm....
  • TawniLS
    24 FEB, 2011
    I am in LOVE with Mad Hungry! I made these for my husband and parents. My dad said I took him back 50 years ago when he lived in Argentina. These empanadas are delicious, authentic, and easy enough for an amateur cook as myself.
  • jrjinaustin
    5 OCT, 2010
    I made these last year for the super bowl and enhjoyed them very much

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