Plantain and Cheese Empanadas Recipe


If you’ve never had an empanada in your life, then you’re missing out. An
empanada is a pastry that originates from Latin America. It’s basically a heartier
and healthier hot pocket. These tasty treats can be stuffed with anything that you
want. Traditionally, it is stuffed with meat, cheese, and vegetables.
In Argentina, empanadas are usually served during festivals as appetizers. They
use spices such as cumin and paprika to give the filling a little more heat. For
this recipe, we are using plantains and cheese to make a breakfast variant. It’s
delicious, nutritious, and most of all – gets you through the day! You can even
offer this to your vegetarian friends.
Serving Size: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
8 cups of water
4 ripe plantains, washed and sliced.
1 egg
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
3 cups vegetable oil for frying
1. In a medium saucepan, boil the plantains with the skin over medium heat
with a pinch of salt. Cook until the plantains are fork-tender.
2. Peel the skin off of the plantains and mash. You may also do this in a
food processor. Once you have mashed plantains, add in the flour, egg,
and vanilla extract. The consistency should be of a soft dough. Form 2”
balls and flatten with your hand.
3. Add the cheese to the center of each disc and fold in half, sealing around
the edges.
4. Preheat your oil to 375F, and fry the empanadas until golden brown on
both sides.
5. Dust the cooked empanadas with sugar.

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