Food Stylist:  Anne Disrude 
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Guava Empanadas

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 10 pastries
These crispy, fried pastries are enjoyed throughout Latin America. Here, guava paste comes together with lemony cream cheese to create a rich sweet filling.



  1. Pulse the cream cheese, egg, sugar, lime zest and lime juice in a food processor until smooth.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.