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 Chicken Empanadas
     3 cups chopped, cooked chicken shrimp or crab  1 (8-ounce) package shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
     4 ounces cream cheese, softened  1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
     1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped  1 tablespoon ground cumin
     1/2 teaspoon pepper  1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
Chicken Empanadas
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine the chicken and next 7 ingredients. Unroll 1 piecrust onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 15-inch circle. Cut out rounds, using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Re-roll dough as needed. Repeat procedure with remaining piecrusts, making 12 to 15 circles total. Arrange 1 round on a clean, flat surface. Lightly brush the edges of crust with water. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of chicken mixture in the center of the round. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with the remaining rounds and chicken mixture.
(Up to this point, the recipe can be made ahead and frozen for up to 1 month).
Arrange empanadas on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
Paula Deen
 Categories:  Appetizer, Baked Dishes, Cheese, Chicken, Pie Crust, Shrimp, Side Dish, Side Dishes
 Estimated Serving:  15
 Estimated preparation time:  40 min.
 Language:  English
 Shared by:  Jilly    2010/01/22
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