Ham and Leek Empanadas

    Ham and Leek Empanadas
    Carolyng Gomes

    Ham and Cheese Empanadas are made with quick homemade flaky dough and a filling of gently spiced leeks and ham. Perfect for the holidays, these empanadas are easy enough to make any time you're feeling festive.

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    Ingredients
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    1 1/2
    cups
    all-purpose flour plus extra for rolling
    1/2
    teaspoon
    kosher salt
    1/8
    teaspoon
    baking powder
    4
    tablespoons
    unsalted cold butter
    1/2
    cup
    ice water, plus more as needed
    1
    tablespoon
    1
    large leek, washed and thinly sliced, white and light green parts only
    8
    thin slices black forest ham
    1
    large egg
    Directions
    Step 1
    In a medium bowl sift flour, salt, and baking powder. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour until well incorporated. Once mixture is in crumbles, drizzle in ice water while continuing to mix with hands.
    Step 2
    Knead dough until soft and pliable. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    Step 3
    Preheat the oven to 400F. Melt the serrano butter in a sauté pan set over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring until leeks have softened. Remove from heat and cool.
    Step 4
    Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/8-inch-thick. Cut out 8 6-inch rounds, gathering and rerolling scraps as needed.
    Step 5
    Working with one piece of dough at a time, place 1 tablespoon of leeks into the center of a slice of ham. Roll up ham, as you would a burrito, and place in the center of the dough round.
    Step 6
    Bring the top of the round down to meet the bottom edge, making a half moon shape. Press the edges down using your fingertips.
    Step 7
    Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and place empanadas on the sheet. Whisk egg in a small bowl and brush tops and edges of empanadas with egg wash. Repeat with remaining rounds of dough and filling.
    Step 8
    Bake empanadas until golden brown on top, about 12 minutes. Serve warm.

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    62 mins
    Prep Time: 
    45 mins
    Cook Time: 
    17 mins
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