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two black plates filled with fig and cheese empanadas with a glass of orange juice in the background

Fig and Cheese Empanadas


Description

If you like the combination of sweet and savory flavors, you will love these fresh fig and cheese empanadas! The perfect bite-size snack or appetizer.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 dozen fresh figs diced (makes about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 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

Instructions

  1. Pre-Hear oven to 375F. Line 2 large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. 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
  3. Transfer to a bowl, add shredded cheese and mix well
  4. 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)
  5. 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
  6. Arrange the empanadas on the lined sheet and gently brush them with the egg and water mixture. Bake for 15-17 minutes

Notes

  1. IF YOU HAVE ANY LEFTOVER FILLING, SPREAD IT ON A PIECE OF BREAD AND TOAST IT FOR A TASTY BREAKFAST TREAT. YOU CAN ALSO ADD IT TO THE BATTER NEXT TIME YOU MAKE PANCAKES!
  2. TO SHRED THE CHEESE MORE EASILY, FREEZE IT FOR HALF AN HOUR BEFORE SHREDDING
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: Latin American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 empanada
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 10.8
  • Sodium: 78
  • Fat: 5.4
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.5
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 16.3
  • Fiber: 1.7
  • Protein: 2.7
  • Cholesterol: 14.8

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