Kale and Goat Cheese Empanadas

For a Southwestern version, use 2 stemmed, seeded, and chopped poblano peppers instead of kale and 1-¼ cups chopped rotisserie chicken in place of goat cheese.

Kale and Goat Cheese Empanadas

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  • 1.5

    T EVOO, divided

  • 1

    (1/2lb) bunch Tuscan (also called lacinato or dinosaur) kale, stems removed & leaves chopped

  • ½

    t kosher salt

  • t ground black pepper

  • 4

    oz goat cheese, crumbled

  • 2

    refrigerated (9") piecrusts, each cut into 8 triangles


1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. In a lg skillet, heat 1T EVOO over med-high heat. 3. Add kale, salt, & pepper & cook, tossing them often, until wilted, 3-4 min. 4. Transfer to a med bowl. When cooled to room temp, gently toss w/goat cheese. 5. Working w/1 piece of dough, brush edges w/water. 6. Place ~ 1/4c kale filling in mid of crust, leaving a 1/2" border all around. 7. Top w/2nd wedge & press closed. Seal edges w/tines of a fork & transfer to a lg baking sheet. 8. Repeat w/remaining dough & filling. 9. Cut a small X in each empanada & brush w/remaining 1/2T EVOO. 10. Bake until golden brown & hot throughout, ~ 30 min. Serve immediately.


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