Shrimp Empanadas (or Chicken or Ham)

Posted On September 15, 2008

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This recipe is from Creative Cooking International Publications International, LTD   7373 N.Cicero Ave.    Lincolnwood, IL 60646
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Try this recipe and it will be love at first sight!  Shrimp and Chili Empanadas. They are great as an appetizer. I have to tell you if you have a child that’s a picky eater, this recipe made with chicken or ham may be a dish they will enjoy gobbling down.

    Empanada Dough
    4 oz cream cheese, softened
    ½ C butter or margarine, softened
    1/4 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    ½ tsp dried oregano
    1/4 tsp ground black pepper

*  Combine cream cheese, butter, Parmesan cheese, oregano, and pepper in food processor until smooth. Add flour; process until mixture forms dough that leaves side of bowl.
*  Form dough into 2 balls’ cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

*  Place ball on lightly floured surface; flatten slightly, To knead dough, fold dough in half toward you and press dough away from you with heel of hands. Give dough a quarter turn and continue folding, pushing, and turning. Continue kneading 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

*  Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut dough into circles using 3 inch biscuit cutter. Gather scraps into ball cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Repeat kneading process with second ball. Roll out with reserved scraps to make 36 rounds total.

    Shrimp Filling
    8 oz cooked, peeled shrimp, chopped
    1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
    1/4 C Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    2 green onions, chopped
    3 to 4 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro

*  Mix all ingredientss for shrimp filling together.

*  To make Empanadas, place 1 tsp filling on each round. Fold in half; seal edges with fork. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake Empanadas 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on wire  rack; serve warm. Garnish and dips as desired.
* * If you don’t use shrimp, use 8 oz skinned chicken breast cooked, chopped in small pieces, or 8 oz of fully cooked ham chopped up.

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