Empanadas are a traditional food of many Latin American Countries. They can be deep fried or baked. It can be stuffed with fruit, meats, cheeses, or vegetables. We’ve tried both, baked and deep fried and we all agree the deep fried empanadas are the best. Unfortunately, deep fried foods aren’t that good for your health so we only make these once a month. They are a treat. See bottom of post for the recipe to make these vegetarian empanadas in the video. Enjoy video!
Spinach and Cheese Empanadas
(you can put anything you want in empanada wraps, so get creative
and make your own style of empanadas.)
2 big bunches of fresh spinach, steamed (or any fresh vegetable of your choice)
2 Lbs Mozzarella cheese, grated
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 onion diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1 red pepper or ½ tablespoon cayenne (optional)
salt and seasonings and herbs of your choice
Olive oil for sautéing
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Steam the spinach and set aside. Sauté garlic in three tablespoons olive oil until browned. Add diced onion, tomato, and diced red pepper if using, and cook for another five minutes on medium heat. Add spinach and seasonings and herbs of your choice.
For an Italian flavor add a tablespoon each of basil and oregano. For a more Mexican flavor add a teaspoon each of chili powder, cumin and cayenne. Stir and cook together on low for five minutes. Turn off heat. Grate cheese. Add a tablespoon each of spinach and cheese just like you see in the video and wrap the seams of the empanada real good so the food does not fall out while deep frying.
Heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees and cook each empanada until browned on each side. Enjoy!