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Crab Empanadas with Chavrie® Goat Cheese

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Meal: Appetizer

Cheese: Logs Original

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Makes: 30-40

Ingredients:

For Filling

  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Spanish onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Jalapeno, minced
  • ¼ C Red Pepper (chopped)
  • 8 oz. Picked lump crabmeat
  • 1 – 3.5 oz. Chavrie®log
  • 1 tsp. Chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian parsley (chopped)
  • 7 oz. Corn (drained)
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For Empanada dough

  • 2 bx. Frozen Pie dough (thawed)
  • 1 qt. Vegetable oil for frying

Directions:

For Filling

  1. In a saute pan on medium, heat olive oil and saute onion, garlic, jalapeño, and red pepper. Set aside to chill
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix sautéed vegetables with the crabmeat mixture and place in the refrigerator
  4. Lay thawed pie dough on a lightly floured flat surface, cut 3 inch circles
  5. To assemble, spoon about 1/2 to 3/4 Tbsp. of the filling in the center of each empanada dough round.
  6. Fold over to form a half-moon pie shape and crimp the edges to seal.
  7. Place finished empanadas in the refrigerator on sheet tray to chill
  8. Preheat deep fryer to 350°F
  9. Deep Fry until golden brown and crispy. Serve with: Chavrie Jalapeño Queso