We packed browned chorizo and tender onions into rounds of cream cheese dough, then baked 'em until golden brown. Say it with us: Mmmm-panadas!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 24 servings
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups flour
3/4 lb. Mexican chorizo, casings removed
1/4 cup finely chopped onion s
1 egg, beaten
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Let's Make It
Heat oven to 400ºF.
Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gradually beat in flour. Shape into ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate while preparing empanada filling.
Cook meat and onions in large skillet on medium-high heat 9 to 10 min. or until meat is done, stirring frequently. Drain. Cool completely.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Use 4-inch cookie or biscuit cutter to cut dough into 24 rounds, rerolling scraps as necessary. Spoon 1 Tbsp. meat mixture onto center of each; brush edge with egg. Fold in half; seal edges with fork.
Place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cut small slits in tops to vent; brush with remaining egg.
Bake 18 to 20 min. or until golden brown.
Serve with a mixed green salad and glass of fat-free milk to round out the meal.
Love spice? Finely chop 1 serrano chile and add to meat mixture for some added punch!
This is a great make-ahead recipe. Assemble empanadas as directed; place on baking sheet and brush with egg as directed. Freeze until firm, then transfer to resealable freezer-weight plastic bag or freezer container. Freeze up to 3 months. When ready to serve, place desired number of empanadas on baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour; bake as directed.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 4.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 6g
Dietary Fiber 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.