Cheese Empanadas

Many cultures have put their own spin on empanadas, but the star of our empanada recipe is melted cheese because we all need a simple go-to cheese-filled recipe! These are sure to become a family favorite even for picky eaters. 

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 cup precooked corn flour
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella or any cheese that melts
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. Combine 2 cups warm water, shortening and salt in a medium bowl. Mix by hand.

  2. Slowly add flour and mix quickly for a smooth mixture.

  3. Knead the dough mixture until evenly combined.

  4. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.

  5. Shape into small even-sized balls.

  6. Roll each ball of dough into a 6- to 7-inch circle. 

  7. Place about 1 tablespoon of cheese in the center of the dough.

  8. Fold one edge of the circle over the cheese to the other edge, pinch the edges together to close the empanada.

  9. Repeat this process with the remaining dough balls and cheese.

  10. Place on wax paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  11. Fill a saucepan about a third of the way with vegetable oil and heat over medium.

  12. When the oil reaches 350℉, gently place each empanada in the oil and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

  13. Drain on a paper towel.

  14. Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Try baking the empanadas: Preheat the oven to 400℉. Place the empanadas on a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until they are golden brown.

Inspired by and adapted from: Food Network

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