60 min
60 min

Sweet & Savory Empanadas with Queso Fresco



  • 1 lb. flour

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • ½ lb. butter, chilled and cut into small cubes, plus 2 Tbsp. butter

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup ice water


  • ½ cup white onion, small dice

  • 1 bunch spinach, roughly chopped

  • 1 package (10 oz.) Ranchero® Queso Fresco, crumbled

  • 1 package (10 oz.) Cacique® Queso Cotija, crumbled

  • ½ cup chopped toasted almonds

  • ½ cup golden raisins

  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Method

For dough:
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the ½ pound of chilled butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg. Slowly add water, as needed, mixing to form the dough, until well blended. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and knead gently until the dough becomes smooth, only a few seconds. Wrap the dough well in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. (Note: Empanada dough can also be found at a Hispanic market in the frozen section or substitute puff pastry).

For filling:
Over medium heat, sauté onion in 2 tablespoons of butter for 5 minutes, then add spinach and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.  Drain any liquid there may be in the pan.  Cool and then combine with cheeses, almonds and raisins.

For assembly:
On a lightly floured surface, roll half the chilled dough to 1/8-inch thick (keep the other half refrigerated until ready to use). Cut out 3-inch circles. Spoon about 1 heaping spoonful of the filling into the center of each circle. Brush egg wash around the edges of the dough. Fold the edges up forming a pouch, and seal.

Refrigerate the empanadas on greased or parchment-lined baking sheets at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush the empanadas with egg wash and bake until golden brown for about 25 minutes.

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