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Ham and Cheese Empanadas

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 8
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Updated Jun 17, 2021
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  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup ham, chopped in small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed (optional)


  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • 2
    Carefully stretch out the puff pastry. With a circular cookie cutter, cut the dough in 9-inch circles.
  • 3
    Mix the cheese and ham in a small container. Set aside.
  • 4
    Add 2 tablespoons of the cheese and ham in the center of each circle. Fold and seal the edges with a fork.
  • 5
    Mix the egg with the water. Set aside.
  • 6
    Arrange the empanadas on a large cookie sheet and brush the top with the egg wash. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds, if desired.
  • 7
    Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown.
  • 8
    Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Use chicken or turkey ham in place of the pork ham to give the empanadas a unique flavor.

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More About This Recipe

  • In Venezuela these empanaditas made with puff pastry are called pastelitos. They're a popular breakfast menu item, and they’re truly delicious! The fillings can vary: there are cheese, ham and cheese, chicken, beef, ricotta and spinach empanadas, among the many other kinds. At home I make pastelitos quite often, since they're my family's favorite. Prepare them, and surprise your family with a breakfast that's different and oh-so-tasty!
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