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Pimento Cheese Empanadas

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Ingredients

Pimento Cheese

1 lb cream cheese

4 ounces Fromage Blanc

3/4 teaspoons garlic powder

3 teaspoons leek powder

4 cups grated cheddar

4 cups grated mimolette cheese

7 ounces piqullo peppers

3 1/2 ounces fermented red pepper

2 teaspoons smoked salt

Empanada Dough

3 lbs. all purpose flour

2 lbs. butter

8 ounces water

8 ounces vinegar

Directions

Pimento Cheese:

Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix together

Empanada Dough:

  1. Combine butter, water and vinegar
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients and fold into wet ingredient mixture until dough has formed
  3. Cut 3 inch rounds of rolled dough

To Prepare Empanadas:

  1. Fill dough with desired amount of pimento cheese
  2. Fold dough over cheese to form a half moon
  3. Once sealed, fry at 350 degrees until golden brown
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