Bacon and Cheese Empanadas

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Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

 Empanadas are the ultimate food for game day, and these bacon and cheese empanadas are simply outrageous! These tasty treats were inspired by my recent travels to the island of Curaçao, where Gouda cheese reigns supreme.  Curaçao is a gorgeous place in the Caribbean, and it’s part of the Netherlands Antilles.Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

As you might imagine, Dutch culture has had a tremendous influence on the island, with the architecture, language, and the food. I had some delicious Gouda cheese empanadas, and I knew I had to recreate them at home, and make them even better.  How do you make anything better? These delicious empanadas are smokey, cheesy, ooey, gooey, omg…they’re soooo good!  Don’t blame me if you find yourself making these, like, all the time.  They’re just that good.

ingredients1/2 pound bacon, diced (about 1/2 cup cooked)
2 cups Gouda cheese, shredded
1 package frozen empanada discs (large size)
Canola oil, for frying

directions

 Use a rolling pin to roll out each empanada disc to about 1/4 inch thickness, then use a cookie cutter to cut out 3 small circles (I use a 3 1/4 inch cutter).

Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

 Mix the bacon and shredded cheese in a bowl.

Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

 Place about 2 teaspoons of filling into the center of the disc.

Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

 Fold the empanada in half and seal the edges with a fork.

Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

 While you form the empanadas, heat about 2 inches of canola oil in a frying pan.

Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

 Cook the empanadas for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.  Drain them on a paper towel, then serve.

Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

And be careful, that gooey cheese is super caliente!Bacon and Cheese Empanadas | Delish D'Lites

 

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Bacon and Cheese Empanadas

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 30 empanadas
Author Delish D'Lites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon diced (about 1/2 cup cooked)
  • 2 cups Gouda cheese shredded
  • 1 package frozen empanada discs large size
  • Canola oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Use a rolling pin to roll out each empanada disc to about 1/4 inch thickness, then use a cookie cutter to cut out 3 small circles (I use a 3 1/4 inch cutter).
  2. Mix the bacon and shredded cheese in a bowl.
  3. Place about 2 teaspoons of filling into the center of the disc.
  4. Fold the empanada in half and seal the edges with a fork.
  5. While you form the empanadas, heat about 2 inches of canola oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
  6. Cook the empanadas for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Drain them on a paper towel, then serve.

Bacon and Cheese Empanadas

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3 Responses

    1. The brand Goya and La Fe make these discos. They usually come ten to a package and are located in the freezer section of the supermarket. You cans use just a few, wrap the rest tightly and keep in freezer for next use. They usually keep well and I have had some in my freezer for more than 6 months!
      These two brands also offer an annatto flavored disc that is deep orange in color but subtly flavored.

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