- 1/4 cup marcona almonds, toasted
- 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar (PS I didn’t have any so I subbed with red wine vinegar, same same).
- 1 (15-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes, drained, about 1 1/3 cups
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 slice white bread (about 1-inch thick), crusts removed, toasted and torn into pieces
- 1 large clove garlic, grated (I did 2 because I’m a Vampire at heart)
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- Ok so I am in a Latin state of mind. Not to brag, but I am going to Panama in February. So I am totes all about exotic food right now in anticipation of my travels. I mean don’t be jealous, you can get a taste of those countries at home with this muy rica comida! (translates to “very tasty food”, you silly goose). Anyway, I digress. Host a tapas night, or serve as a game time snack, or even pack some for lunch one day with a side salad. This is one delish dish that is worth the extra time. Oh and for those of you that don’t know what an empanada is: its a meat-filled pie. Portable, popular street food and just plain old yummy!
1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (any puff pastry or pie dough would work this isn’t a shameless Pillsbury plug, Pepperidge Farm can get a holla too. Anyway, I made these two ways once with pie crusts and once with crescent roll dough to see which I liked better. Listen don’t judge Philly had a snowstorm and I had cabin fever & decided to keep busy by finding you guys the yummiest way to make these. No clear winner though: the crescent dough is harder to work with, but more fluffy. The pie crust was easier and flakier. So you decide whatever you like best. Ya, I have double the empanadas. So in reality I AM THE WINNER) & 1 egg, beaten
Chicken and Cheese Filling-
- 2 tbsp butter & 2-3 tbsp. flour (a roux)
- 1 medium Spanish onion chopped small
- ½ cup white wine (feel free to leave out if you don’t have any on hand).
- 2 chicken** pieces, skin removed & shredded/chopped. (I used a store bought rotisserie & kept the remaining for a chicken salad, obvi)
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup Mexican blend, shredded cheese (maybe even less)
- Salt and pepper to taste (garlic powder also because I am a freak)
**(Another option is to brown some ground turkey or ground beef with some taco seasoning and use that in place of the chicken. Get creative folks! Use what you have lying around…don’t be running to the store more than once a week if you don’t have to).
Anyway, back to the cooking part: heat the butter/flour (roux) & add the onions saute over medium heat until translucent, around 4 minutes. Add the white wine and allow to evaporate until ½ of the liquid is left and to deglaze the pan. Add the chicken & the milk, a little at a time until well incorporated and the sauce is thick. Mix constantly, lastly you can add in the salt and pepper to taste (I also added garlic powder).