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Sausage and Cheese Empanadas

Ingredients:

1/2 lb uncooked mild Italian sausage
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 pkg. frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
Pinch of salt
Sesame seeds for sprinkling



Directions:

  • Remove the sausage meat from casings and crumble; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil and butter in medium size skillet. Add chopped onion and sautÚ for 1 to 2 minutes (until just soften). Add crumbled Italian sausages and cook over medium heat, stirring to break up clumps, until the sausage is cooked and excess fat has been rendered out. Drain off fat completely and transfer the sausage to a bowl. Let it cool for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400║ F (200║ C).
  • Add grated cheese and chopped parsley to the cooked sausage and mix well; set aside.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out one half of the puff pastry to a 12 inch square. With a sharp knife, cut the pastry into four 6 inch squares.
  • Working with one piece of pastry at a time, place 2 heaping tablespoons of the sausage mixture in the middle of the square. brush the edges lightly with a pastry brush dipped in water and fold the pastry in half diagonally, pressing firmly into a triangle. Crimp the edges with a fork to make sure the empanada is securely sealed. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  • Fill the remaining pastry squares in the same way.
  • Roll out second sheet of puff pastry and repeat the whole process.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg, salt, and 1 tablespoon milk. Brush  the tops of the empanadas lightly with beaten egg mixture, than sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until empanadas are puffed and golden brown.
  • Serve hot or at room temperature with your favorite salsa.

Makes 8 empanadas.

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Helpful Tips
This recipe can be used to prepare tasty appetizers, mini empanadas. You will need to make small squares (3 inch each) and use 1 heaping tablespoon of a sausage mixture per square. It will make 16 appetizers.

For hot version, use hot Italian sausage instead of mild and chili powder for sprinkling.

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