Tuesday, December 1, 2009


There's frozen white meat turkey in the freezer ready to be used for soup or a fricasee, but I was searching for something different and found it in the November issue of Bon Appetit. Who doesn't love empanadas? And, I happened to have 2 packages of the Goya discos in my freezer, so I was good to go. The recipe below is my version; the original called for using 3 sheets of frozen puff pastry, thawed and cut into six, 6-inch rounds. I opted to use the empanada discs and made 10.

Makes 10 - approximately 8 WW pts per empanada
2 cups diced cooked turkey, white and dark meat
1/2 cup chilled gravy
1 pkg Goya discos for empanadas
1 cup mashed potatoes, divided
1 cup stuffing, divided
1 egg white beaten with 1 tsp cold water for glaze
cranberry sauce

Mix the turkey with the chilled gravy in a small bowl. Place the discs on a work surface. Spoon about 2 tbs mashed potatoes onto half of each round, press lightly to flatten, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Top with 2  tbs stuffing, then a small mound of the turkey-gravy mixture. Brush glaze around filling on 1 pastry half. Fold plain pastry half over filling, stretching dough to cover. Seal edges with fork tines. Repeat with all discs. Brush with the egg white glaze and cut small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Transfer the empanadas to 1 or 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20 minutes. Or, you may freeze them at this point to bake at a later time. Serve with cranberry sauce on the side.
I had to taste just one of these little treats and it was absolutely delicious. I'm quite certain it would be just as delicious with the puff pastry. I split mine in half and stuffed some cranberry sauce into each half while they were still hot. I loved the crunch of the shell contrasted with the soft, moist stuffing and mashed potato base. The bit of gravy was more than enough to keep the turkey moist as well. I plan to serve the rest of these at my Christmas party as one of my appetizers.


  1. Such a great way to use your leftovers, very creative!

  2. Arlene, you are sooo smart. These empanadas are delightful. I used my left over turkey and stuffing to make enchiladas. There's a little bit of turkey left, so I'm going to have to try out your empanadas. Thanks Corazon. :)

  3. A nice idea for leftovers after Thanksgiving! I will have to remember this for next year, or try a variation for Christmas dinner leftovers. Thanks Arlene!

  4. I like this recipe for using up leftover turkey.

  5. This sounds like a delicious way to enjoy your leftovers. I love empanadas and will have to look for the Goya brand in the market. I'm sure these will be a hit at your christmas party (if they don't get gobbled up before then).


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