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Spanish Rice Empanadas Recipe

Spanish Rice Empanadas Recipe

The shells for this main course call for refrigerated pie crust, which must be folded into pockets. Inside, you’ll find tender pieces of chicken and rice accented with Spanish spices. Delicious!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (5.6 or 6.8 ounces) Spanish rice and pasta mix
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped ripe olives
  • 2 packages (15 ounces each) refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  • 1. Prepare Spanish rice according to package directions, omitting the butter or oil. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cheese, onions and olives. Stir in prepared rice.
  • 2. Roll each sheet of pastry into a 12-in. circle; place on greased baking sheets. Spoon rice mixture over half of each circle; spread to within 1 in. of edges. Fold pastry over filling; crimp edges to seal. Beat egg yolk and water; brush over tops.
  • 3. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cut empanadas in half to serve. Yield: 8 servings.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.