This post is sponsored by the Family Celebrations promotion at Publix. The opinions and text are all mine.
These delicious Fig & Cheese Empanadas are baked to perfection with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Perfect to serve as fancy appetizers.
Delectable Fig & Cheese Empanadas
When we’re thinking about fancy appetizers, empanadas never seem to come to mind. They’re more perceived as “portable food,” but in reality, they are super versatile.
I can make them for breakfast, snacks, appetizers, dinner, and even dessert! The only variation is their filling and their size. In this case, they are filled with toasted almonds, fig jam, and lovely Rizo Bros California Creamery Cotija cheese.
If you love the combination of sweet and salty, then these empanadas are for you. The fact that they are encased in a lovely dough takes these flavors to another level.
In the oven, they brown up nicely and evenly. You can make them in advance, freeze, and then bake them when needed. Obviously, you can customize them to your liking by adding more cheese, less jam, omitting the almonds, etc.
Now let’s talk about the crimping.
This is where you can do whatever design you’d like. If you’re not a fan of playing with dough, use a fork around the edges just to seal the empanada together.
We did a very simple design of just folding the joined ends towards the front.
Then we brushed beaten egg all over the empanada and sprinkled yummy sesame seeds on top.
Super easy and fun to make! My girls love the entire process. It’s one of those dishes where they offer their help from beginning to end.
All the ingredients needed to make this recipe can be found at your local Publix and better yet, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, head on over HERE to check out the Family Celebrations promotion at Publix valid from 8/29/20 – 9/26/20, where you can save more than $44 on some of your favorite items! Or, you can head over to the store to pick up the coupon flyer in the sales kiosk at the front of the store OR ask customer service for a copy.
I LOVE Wesson Corn oil to make pastry since it has such a neutral taste. The 48 oz. size is $1 off during the Family Celebrations promotion.
Rizo Bros California Creamery Cotija cheese gives the perfect saltiness to contrast the fig jam.
I hope you can try these Delectable Fig & Cheese Empanadas at home. If you do, please upload a pic on Instagram and tag me @Livingsweetmoments or use the hashtag #LivingSweet.
These delicious Fig & Cheese Empanadas are baked to perfection with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Perfect to serve as fancy appetizers
- 4 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Water
- 3/4 cup Wesson Corn Oil
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 16 oz Rizo Bros California Creamery Cotija Cheese crumbled
- 17 oz Fig Spread
- 1 cup Slivered Almonds toasted
- 1 Egg slightly beaten
- 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a mixer, add the flour and salt. Mix to combine
Add water and mix until a dough is formed
Pour in oil and mix until combined
Let the dough rest for 10 minutes
Place the dough on a flat surface and roll thinly
Cut out circles with a 4" diameter cutter
Fill with 2 teaspoons of fig jam, 2teaspoons Rizo Bros California Creamery Cotija Cheese and slivered almonds
With your fingers, spread a little water on the edges of the dough. This will help the 2 halves seal together
Fold your dough in half and crimp the edges
Brush the surface with the egg and sprinkle sesame seeds on top
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden
Remove from oven and enjoy!