sweet corn & bacon empanadas w/roasted chiles


As I continue the January Pantry Challenge, I am finding lots of goodies buried DEEEEEPPPP in my freezer. This lead to some yummy football munchies the other night. Even though Texas lost to Bama *sad face* these empanadas from the September '09 Cuisine at Home Magazine were the hit of the evening. Not one was left. I wish the game was this good!
Bon Appetite!
Mary
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Sweet Corn and Bacon Empanadas with Roasted Chiles



2 large chile peppers (of desired heat)
*I used two 4 oz cans of chopped green chilies instead
3 strips bacon
2 cups frozen yellow sweet corn
1½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
½ cup chopped scallions
1 package pie dough (two 15-oz. sheets)
1 egg yolk
1 Tablespoon water
Pinch of smoked paprika
Recipe

Makes 16 empanadas.

Roast the chile peppers by holding them over an open flame until the skin is completely charred. (Alternate method: Preheat the oven to 400º and roast the peppers on a baking sheet for 20 minutes, flipping them over once while roasting).

Place the roasted chiles in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Sweat the peppers for 10 minutes.

Peel the chiles then slice them in half, scraping out the seeds and removing the stem.

Dice the chiles and place them in a bowl.

Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove the cooked bacon and reserve 1 Tablespoon of the grease.

Chop the cooked bacon and add it to the bowl with the diced chilies.

Add the corn, along with the reserved bacon grease, into the pan and saute for 8-10 minutes until it begins to brown slightly.

Add the diced chiles, chopped bacon, shredded Cheddar cheese and chopped scallions into the pan with the corn. Toss to combine.

Refrigerate the corn mixture until it has completely cooled.

Preheat the oven to 400º.

Unroll one sheet of the pie dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Use a cookie cutter (or trace around a large drinking glass) to cut out 3½-inch circles.

Arrange the dough circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Add 1 Tablespoon of the corn filling in the center of each dough round then fold the rounds in half. Use a fork to crimp the edges and seal the empanada closed.

Beat the egg yolk with the water. Brush the tops of the empanadas with the egg wash then sprinkle with a pinch of smoked paprika.

Bake until golden, about 15-18 minutes.

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