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Guava Empanada - Guayaba Pastelito

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Crimping an Empanada

Crimping an Empanada

© Hector Rodriguez. Licensed to About.com
Guava paste with cream cheese is a classic Caribbean combination for empanadas. These empanadas make great snacks and are easy to make for special occasions, such as mother's day, or scale them down to bite-size empanaditas for parties.

Traditionally, these empanadas are fried, but you can opt for a healthier baked version. Just follow the directions on the empanada dough package for baking.

This recipe calls for pre-packaged empanada discs. But, you can easily make your own empanada dough.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese spread
  • 8 oz. package of guava paste
  • 10 prepared empanada dough discs
  • Oil for frying

Preparation:

  1. Lay one prepared dough disc onto a lightly floured counter top.
  2. Place one tablespoon of cream cheese and one tablespoon of guava paste on the circle of dough. Keep it centered; do not go all the way to the edge.
  3. Fold the dough over into a a half circle shape and crimp the edges with a fork. If the edges won't stay sealed you can dip the fork in water before crimping or use an egg wash.
  4. Fry the filled empanadas at 360 degrees for 1 to 2 minutes per side. They should be lightly golden. Drain on paper towels.
Tip: Do not overfill the empanadas. They will tear and you will lose your filling in the oil.

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