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Cheesy Spinach Pastelitos

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Pastelito lovers stand up!! Growing up, pastelitos were a true family treat. For those of you thinking paste-wha? Pastelitos are perfectly flaky pastries stuffed with whatever you love! The magic happens when you put them in the fryer…a couple minutes later, you have this perfectly crispy golden bundle of joy (can you tell I LOVE these things) ⠀ ⠀ Ready to get cooking? Check out the recipe below <3⠀ ⠀ Cheesy Spinach Pastelitos. ⠀ ⠀ What you need: ⠀ * 10 frozen empanada disks, thawed⠀ * 1 tablespoon of olive oil ⠀ * 1/2 onion, minced⠀ * 2 tablespoons of maple syrup⠀ * 1/2 cup goat cheese, shredded or crumbled⠀ * 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded⠀ * 1 1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach, thawed and pressed to remove liquid ⠀ * 1/2 teaspoon of salt⠀ * 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper ⠀ * Vegetable oil ⠀ ⠀ What you do: ⠀ – In a pan, heat the olive oil and add the onion. Sauté over low heat for 3-4 minutes. Set aside. ⠀ – Add the cooked onions to a bowl, and using a spoon, mix well with the maple syrup, cheese, spinach, salt and pepper. ⠀ – Scoop the veg mix into each of the empanada disks, focusing on centering the filling in the middle. ⠀ – Fold over the empanada, lightly moisten edges with water, and seal with a fork.⠀ – Once you’re done, fill a small saucepan with enough oil to deep fry each of the empanadas. ⠀ – Bring to a medium heat, and cook the empanadas for 1-2 minutes, until both sides are golden, flipping once.⠀ – Remove from the pot, and place on a paper towel before serving. Enjoy!!

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Cheesy Spinach Pastelitos
Ingredients
  • 10 frozen empanada disks thawed⠀
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil ⠀
  • 1/2 onion minced⠀
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup⠀
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese shredded or crumbled⠀
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded⠀
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach thawed and pressed to remove liquid ⠀
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt⠀
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper ⠀
  • Vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. In a pan, heat the olive oil and add the onion. Sauté over low heat for 3-4 minutes. Set aside. ⠀

  2. Add the cooked onions to a bowl, and using a spoon, mix well with the maple syrup, cheese, spinach, salt and pepper. ⠀

  3. Scoop the veg mix into each of the empanada disks, focusing on centering the filling in the middle. ⠀

  4. Fold over the empanada, lightly moisten edges with water, and seal with a fork.⠀

  5. Once you’re done, fill a small saucepan with enough oil to deep fry each of the empanadas. ⠀

  6. Bring to a medium heat, and cook the empanadas for 1-2 minutes, until both sides are golden, flipping once.⠀

  7. Remove from the pot, and place on a paper towel before serving. Enjoy!!

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