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Asparagus empanadas with fava bean, peas and goat cheese

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Category: Side Dishes, Cheese

 Ingredients List

  • ~~ Asparagus goat cheese filling ~~
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup finely diced white onion, about 2 ounces or ¼ of a large white onion
  • ½ lb of asparagus, about ½ medium sized bunch, washed and cut into 1-1 ½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup of twice peeled fava beans, about 5 ounces
  • 1 cup of fresh shelled green peas, about 5 ounces
  • 4 ounces of goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme, can be replaced with ½ tablespoon of dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ~~ Empanada assembly ~~
  • 12-15 empanada discs, use homemade dough or store-bought empanada discs
  • 1 egg, whisked - to be used as egg wash


~~ Asparagus goat cheese filling ~~

Melt the butter over medium heat, add the diced onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent.

Add the asparagus and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add the fava beans and cook for about 3 minutes.

Add the peas and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let the vegetables cool down slightly.

Mix the vegetables with goat cheese and fresh thyme, save the filling until ready to assemble the empanadas.

~~ Empanada assembly ~~

To assemble the empanadas, place a spoonful of the asparagus, fava bean, peas and goat cheese mix on the center of each empanada disc.

If needed, brush the edges of the empanada discs with the egg white or water, this is will help them seal better and keep the filling from leaking while baking .

Fold the empanada discs and seal the edges. You can either use a fork to help seal the empanadas, or use your fingers to twist and curl the edges or to make a repulgue or curled seal for the empanadas.

Brush the empanadas with the egg wash; this will give them a nice golden glow when they bake.

If you have time, chill the empanadas for at least 30 minutes, this will help them seal better and prevent leaks.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 F and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Serve the empanadas with the balsamic chimichurri sauce.

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