MMMmmmm Food!

MMMmmmm Food!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Empanadas!

What a great party dish!  They're cute and mini too!
Tazzy says, "UMMM... excuse me please Daddy...  I thought I was the cute, mini-sized bundle of joy in this apartment!"

Nothing can compare to my little Tazzybear!
 The key here is frozen puff pastry!  One box comes with two sheets.  
Let them thaw for about 40 minutes.
 Other supplies to have:

1 large boneless chicken breast
2 boneless chicken thighs
6-7 chopped scallions
1/2 chopped celery + the leaves
1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot
1 tbsp butter
Salt & Pepper
1 egg

 Chop up the celery and the leaves - also chop the scallions.  Boil the chicken breast in a pot of water until it reaches 160-165 degrees (around 10 minutes).
 Season the chicken thighs with a little grapeseed oil spray, salt and pepper.  Brown them in a frying pan until fully cooked.  Then chop up the breast and thigh meat.
 Add the chopped celery to the pan and add butter - cook for about two minutes.  Next, add the chopped chicken, scallions and hot sauce.
On a floured surface, roll out one of the puff pastry sheets to around 14 by 14 inches.  Then cut four lines left/right and four lines top/bottom... now you have 16 little squares.  Start your oven to preheat to 375 now.
 Place some of the buffalo chicken filling on each square.  Then top with a small crumble of blue cheese.  Beat an egg and brush two sides of each square (you want to make a 90 degree angle with the egg wash).  Then pull the puff pastry over the filling to seal it.  Use a fork to crimp the dough together.
 Use parchment paper on a baking sheet for easy cleanup and so that they are easily removed!  Brush the tops with more egg and crack some black pepper on each one.  This will help them get golden brown.
Yum!  Look at these delicious, little packages of spice!!!  You will love them - for extra heat, make some buffalo wing sauce to dip them in.  (Buffalo wing sauce can be seen in the very first blog recipe for buffalo chicken meatballs!)

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