Fig and Cheese Empanadas : heavenly sweet and savory combination.
Back in March, as soon as we found out about Sincerely Brigitte’s Orange Ginger Cheese, we knew we needed to create something delicious that would incorporate this delicious blend. We created a comforting Cheese Stuffed French Toast. If you’ve been following our blog for long you will know that we love Sincerely Brigitte cheeses, and are always looking forward to trying new things with their unique flavor combinations.
Because we love the sweet/savory combination so much, and to take advantage of the beautiful figs we found in the market, we created these delicious fig and orange ginger cheese empanadas.
The great thing about these, in addition to their bright, rich flavor palette, is that they are relatively quick to prepare. Using store bought pie crust ( and we absolutely believe that using an all natural brand makes a huge difference) is a great short cut to use! It felt like it took no time at all to prepare these flavor loaded treats, which we have easily served as both an appetizer and as a snack.
If you’d like to venture outside of your comfort zone, please give these empanadas a try! You won’t be disappointed.
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 dozen fresh figs diced (makes about 1½ cups)
- 4 tbsp sugar
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves or cinnamon
- 7 oz Sincerely Brigitte Orange Ginger Cheese, shredded
- 15 oz (2 rolls) store bought pie crust (we used Immaculate Baking)
- 1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp water
- Pre-Hear oven to 375F. Line 2 large baking sheet with parchment paper
- Heat butter in a large skillet. Add diced figs, sugar and cloves and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until almost all the liquid from the figs has evaporated
- Transfer to a bowl, add shredded cheese and mix well
- Carefully open one pie crust and keep the other one in the fridge. Roll out the crust and smooth it out using a rolling pin. Take a 3" cookie cutter (you can also use a glass rim ) and cut out dough circles. Gather the dough scraps, re roll them and cut out more circles (repeat the process as many times as necessary until you don't have any dough left)
- Place about 1 teaspoon filling in the center of each round and carefully seal all the edges with your fingers to form a small empanada. Using a fork carefully seal the edges again. Repeat the process with the second roll of dough
- Arrange the empanadas on the lined sheet and gently brush them with the egg and water mixture. Bake for 15-17 minutes