Corn & Goat Cheese Empanadas

Corn & Goat Cheese Empanadas

By The Woks of Life

Serving Size: 12 Prep Time: 30 mins Total Time: 3 hrs

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2 ¼ cup flour

  • 1 ½ tsp salt

  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 large egg

  • ⅓ cup ice water

  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the cubed butter and cut in with a pastry cutter or two knives until it resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, beat together the egg, water, and vinegar. Add it to the flour mixture, and stir until just combined. The mixture will look pretty rough and shaggy. Knead gently a couple times, just enough to bring the dough together. Wrap the dough in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 1 tsp butter

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1 small sweet potato, finely diced

  • 1 small red pepper, finely diced

  • 1 ½ cup sweet corn kernels

  • 2 scallions, chopped

  • salt, to taste

  • pepper, to taste

  • 6 oz goat cheese

  • 4 oz cream cheese

  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley

  • egg wash


  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sweet potato and sauté until just starting to get golden. Add the bell pepper and corn and cook until tender, about 5-8 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the scallions. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Allow to cool for a few minutes. The mixture can be warm, but not piping hot.

  2. In a bowl, add the goat cheese, cream cheese, parsley, and vegetable mixture. Stir well and taste again for salt and pepper.

  3. When you're ready to assemble the empanadas, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece into a 5-inch circle (to achieve a circle, start with a dough ball and turn the dough a quarter turn to the left each time you roll).

  4. Spoon about 2-3 tablespoons filling into the center of each round, and fold it in half. Crimp each empanada closed or press with a fork. Transfer the empanadas onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly brush each empanada with egg wash and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden. Cool for five minutes and serve!

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