Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Entertaining Mini Empanadas

There is almost nothing better than tapas when entertaining (There really is better but I really do love tapas!). Everything is finger sized ready and hardly anything will catch in your teeth. But always carry a mirror just in case. I am heading out for a night out this evening and am bringing several dishes including a very simple empanada recipe that has never failed once. The minis are typically gone within a few minutes.

Empanada with Roquefort and Hazelnuts

Makes 12
Prep time 20 minutes, Cook Time 20 minutes.

1 packet ready made savory-plain puff pastry dough
1 c crumbled Roquefort cheese
24 hazelnuts, crushed
Sour Cream
1 egg yolk
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Unroll the pastry dough and cut out 10 circles 2.5inches in diameter with a glass or cookie cutter. Put the cheese and hazelnuts in a bowl and mix together thoroughly with a fork. Add a little sour cream to thin if necessary.

Just before serving:
Put a little cheese filling on one half of each pastry circle. Dampen the edges and fold over; sealing the edges firmly. Whisk the egg yolk with a little water and brush on one side of the pastry parcels. Line a cookie sheet with baking parchment. Put the empanadas on the sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden. Serve hot.

You can vary the cheese and try Bleu and alternate almonds for hazelnuts.



  1. Yum! These sound like I won't be able to stop at just one ;)

  2. @No7:You can't! They're itsy bitsy and outrageously addictive.

  3. @Danielle:No stress entertaining! Martha Stewart eat your heart out.

  4. Those looks so good! I love roquefort and never would have thought to pair it with hazelnut but it sounds delicious...I may be bringing these to a Valentine's Day couples party we are going to this weekend :)

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. @KT:Hazelnut is a godsend, anything with cheese you had me at hello but adding the flavor of the hazelnut, yes! You are most welcome, VDay parties are my personal favorites. Cute and fun. Have a blast at your party!

  6. what a great combination, would love to try these.

    I am stopping by from tasty Tuesday, come take a look at my recipe if ya can :)


  7. Hey Morgan your blog makeover looks very nice!!!

  8. @Tanyia:It's heavenly, oakey but gorgeous on the pallette. I'm checking ya out now...your site that is!

    @KY:Thanks! I have zero patience for computer stuff so to have that blizzard did a few wonders.

  9. A receipe that I might just have to try!!!Site looks great by the way.

  10. @Ross:It's super easy and a definite crowd pleaser! I vary it up between empanadas and cheesy sticks.

    Thanks for the compliment! The blog is a work in progress:)