Guava Empanadas

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
35 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
10 pastries
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 8 -ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 3/4 cup guava paste
  • 1 14 -ounce package frozen empanada wrappers, thawed
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Directions

Pulse the cream cheese, egg, sugar, lime zest and lime juice in a food processor until smooth.

Put 1 tablespoon guava paste in the center of each empanada wrapper, then top with 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture. Fold the dough over the filling and press the edges with a fork to seal.

Heat about 11/2 inches vegetable oil in a wide saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Working in batches, fry the empanadas until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. (Return the oil to 350 degrees F between batches.) Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Photograph by Yunhee Kim


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