Spicy Sweet Potato Empanadas

Prep Time
2h 10 min
8 servings

Puff pastry filled with a spicy sweet potato mixture.



lb(s) sweet potatoes, scrubbed (2 potatoes)
Good olive oil
cup sour cream
1 ½
tbsp unsalted butter, diced
1 ½
tbsp pure Grade A maple syrup
tsp chipotle chile powder
tsp grated orange zest
tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry, such as Pepperidge Farm, defrosted in the refrigerator
egg beaten with 1 tbsp of water, for egg wash
Flaked sea salt, such as Maldon


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line one sheet pan with aluminum foil and another with parchment paper.

Step 2

Rub the sweet potatoes with olive oil and prick them all over with the tines of a fork. Place the potatoes on the foil-lined sheet pan. Bake for about 1 hour, until very tender when pierced with a knife. Lower the oven to 375ºF.

Step 3

Allow the potatoes to cool enough to handle, then peel and discard the skins, placing the potatoes in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the sour cream, butter, maple syrup, chile powder, orange zest, orange juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, and 3/4 teaspoon black pepper and mix well. Set aside.

Step 4

Unfold one sheet of the cold puff pastry on a floured cutting board. Roll the sheet into a 12-inch square with a rolling pin. With a sharp paring knife, cut four 5-inch circles from the pastry, using a dish as a guide and discarding the scraps. Place a heaping soup spoon of filling on each circle, leaving a 1-inch border. Brush the edges of the circles with the egg wash and fold over, making half circles. Crimp the edges together with the tines of a fork. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry. Place on the parchment-lined sheet pan. Chill for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with the sea salt and pepper. Make 2 small slits in each empanada to allow steam to escape. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until puffed and browned. Serve hot.

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