Foodies Delight – Cheese Empanada

Basically, an empanada is a stuffed tortilla. You can stuff it with any ingredients. The most basic is with cheese but scroll down for some other fun ideas. Also, these snacks are great fillers, and can be added to your kids lunch for a little variety!

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2 cups corn flour (Masa)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
(or any kind of cheese that melts well)
salt to taste


Mixing bowl
2 plastic sheets
Small frying pan

Cook It Up!

In a bowl mix up the corn flour with the salt. Next form small balls and place them in between the two plastic sheets. Take the frying pan and squeeze down so that the ball turns into a thin pancake (tortilla). Now put the cheese in the center, fold it and seal it with your fingers. Last step, fry it up. Place the tortilla in the frying pan with oil and fry until golden on both sides.

NOTE: it is best done in a Non-Stick Frying Pan so it doesn’t burn and get stuck to the bottom of the pan.

Serve It Up!

You can serve these great treats with sour cream, tomato salsa, guacamole or just plain. They taste best when warm.

Add a Pinch of Imagination and a Sprinkle of Creativity! (variations)

This is where the fun begins. Why not throw in some herbs and spices for flavor. And how about a little bit of meat and veggies too. You can make the tortillas any size, so have fun. You can come up with a Latino style calzone with many different ingredients all cooked up together.

Note: If you’re cooking with meat, make sure the meat is cooked before folding it up inside the uncooked tortilla. It will not cook enough in the frying pan.

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