Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cuban Style Empanadas

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Originally from South Florida, I just loved going down to Miami to explore.  All of  the Cuban influence made heading down there a fun experience.  So, anytime I can whip up a recipe with a little Cuban flair, I am all over it!



One of my hubby's favorite sandwiches is a Cuban Sandwich.
He used to eat them all that time when we were living in South Florida.
But, living up here in the Midwest, those yummy sandwiches aren't as easy to find.  I never even thought of making one.  Weird, right, especially since the hubby loves them.  So, when I made these Cuban Sandwiches empanada style...let's just say I had one happy hubby!



Do you know what's in a Cuban Style Empanada?
Well, all the fixins' found in the sandwich like ground pork, ham, Swiss cheese and dill pickles in a neat little pocket.  The pickles just add a whole new dimension to all the flavors in these empanadas.  And, you know what?  Perfect picnic food in the making!

 

Ingredients:
1 sleeve of prepared pie crust
2 ounces of ham (chopped)
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup dill pickle chips, halved
stone ground mustard
mayo
water
1 egg
Directions:
In a small saucepan, cook ground pork over medium high heat until cooked through.  Drain.
Cut pie crust into circles using a circle cookie cutter or a glass.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In the center of each pie crust circle, spread a little bit of mayo and a little bit of mustard.  Add a small spoonful of cooked ground pork, a couple of pieces of chopped ham and some Swiss cheese.  Add  pieces of dill pickle.  Place water in a small bowl.  Dip your finger in the water and wipe your finger around the edge of the pie crust circle.  Fold in half and press to seal.  Use a fork to seal the edge.  Whisk egg in a small bowl.  Use a pastry brush to put an egg wash on each empanada.  Place empanadas on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes.  Serve warm or cold.

I think I hear Gloria Estefan singing her praises for these empanadas.
No, I am sure she wouldn't do that, but they are pretty close to the real thing!
Make a batch for your next picnic and you just might get on your feet and start the conga...sorry, couldn't resist!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,
Christine
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