KitchenAid Recipe Collection – Quick Breakfast Empanadas

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Take a walk through my kitchen and you’ll quickly learn why I’ve become the cookbook queen. I’ve never been much of a pack rat but when it comes to cookbooks, I’ve got them all and can’t bear to part with any of them. Well, I thought I had them all. It wasn’t until the incredibly sweet Jessica sent the KitchenAid Recipe Collection Cookbook my way.

In love!

kitchenaid recipe collection cookbook

This collection of recipes is exactly what I look for in a cookbook … plenty of color photos, easy to follow directions and tabbed organization. I’m most appreciative of the mix of unique and basic recipes. Nothing is overly complicated and nearly everything contains ingredients that I typically keep in stock. There are already so many recipes I can’t wait to try but I had to start somewhere.

With my sister, brother-in-law and nieces all spending the weekend with us to help with some renovations, I decided breakfast was the place to start. After quickly thumbing through the entire breakfast section, my eyes caught the Quick Breakfast Empanadas. The ingredient list is short and simple and the photo looks amazingly appetizing. The best part … it’s a breakfast item that can be customized to anyone’s tastes. While it calls for bacon, we decided to go with chopped ham and some extra veggies.

kitchenaid quick breakfast empanadas

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon (about 10 slices, cooked) or any choice cooked of meat
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts (1 package)
  • 9 eggs, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups Mexican-style shredded cheese, divided
  • 4 tablespoons salsa

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. If you’re using bacon, you’ll want to pre-cook it in the oven or skillet. Since I used chopped ham, I added it straight to the egg mixture.

The directions suggest you cut the pie crusts in half but if you’re like me and can’t quite cut them equally, you can just leave them whole to fold over. Place the pie crusts on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

semi circle pie crusts

In a small bowl, beat one egg and set aside.

Beat remaining 8 eggs in a large bowl and add salt and pepper.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add your meat and/or chopped vegetables. Pour egg batter into skillet and stir occasionally until eggs are still slightly moist. Set the skillet aside to allow the scrambled eggs to cool.

Spoon half of the egg mixture into 2 of the semi-circle of pie crusts (or lower half of whole pie crust). Sprinkle with half of the shredded cheese and top with half of the salsa. Repeat this for each pie crust.

ham egg cheese salsa empanada

Use a basting brush to brush the edges of the pie crust with the beaten egg from the small bowl you set aside. This will help the seams of the crust stick together.

Fold the dough over the top of the filled portion and use a fork to press the edges together creating a tight seal. Use the remaining egg wash and brush the tops of the empanadas before baking. Bake these for about 15 – 20 minutes until the tops are gold brown.

pie crust ham and egg empanada

Fresh out of the oven, you’ve got two amazing (and easy) breakfast empanadas. Although, I will admit, I was a bit skeptical of the idea of salsa and eggs together but let me tell you, I am now a fan. Eggs and salsa, salsa and eggs, they are unlikely partners meant to be.

If you’re looking do something a bit healthier, try using egg whites with lots of vegetables … onions, peppers, mushrooms, whatever your stomach desires, but don’t forget the salsa … or the KitchenAid Recipe Collection Cookbook!

breakfast empanada

Disclosure – KitchenAid provided the cookbook to me free of cost. I was not asked to write about it but couldn’t help myself. It’s too good not to share.

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  1. Oh yummy! I can’t wait to make something from that cookbook too! I was so excited when it just showed up. Now I just have to figure out what to make first!

  2. I LOVE MINE!!!! I made the french toast casserole, although mine doesn’t look nearly as pretty as the one in the their photo. LOL

    So many great ones huh! Finally, a cookbook worth my time:) Your food looks fab!!!

    • Hey, mine didn’t look perfect either, but they tasted fabulous and that’s what counts right?

      This is one of the first cookbooks that I’ve found dozens of recipes I want to try. Usually, I just pick 2 or 3 from an entire magazine but this has so much stuff that is right up my alley.

  3. Brandy says:

    Love my kitchenaid, but never thought to make empanadas! excellent idea and super easy it seems.

    • Brandy, it is really easy. I got in a bit of a hurry and put the eggs in while they were still hot so I tore the pie crust a bit, but it all works out in the end.

  4. Wow, those look pretty good! What’s the chocolate bar looking thing at the top? And the puffy donut looking item? Oh those both look good! I’ll have to see if I can figure out what they are.

  5. Jennifer H says:

    Sounds yummy, thanx for the recipe!

  6. I love my Kitchen Aid! I can’t wait to try this it looks so yum!

  7. Rebecca Orr says:

    The looks delicious! I l was already a lover of salsa and eggs…so I am not surprise that this recipe sounds {and looks} so yummy. I also like eggs and pesto {with some cheese of course!}. Yummy. :)

    • I never would have tried eggs and salsa until I stumbled on this recipe, now I don’t think I’ll ever eat them without it again.

  8. I have some empanda mold thingys, but I’ve never gotten around to using them. I may just have to now!

    Thanks!

  9. I didn’t know KitchenAid even made cookbooks. First I saw Lori’s mention of that cookbook and now yours. And you both made me a bit hungry, LOL. I must check out that cookbook.

    • You know Val, I didn’t either. I was shocked when it showed up and now I’m so glad I know about it. There’s really a LOT of fantastic recipes in there.

  10. That looks fantastic! I’ll keep it on my list.

  11. I can firmly say that KitchenAid is a great book for housewifes. So many interesting recipe and cooking recommendagtions are shared in this wonderful book. Great collection of recipes.

  12. Hey, Cat — do you think these would freeze well (either cooked or not)? I’m looking for freeze ahead breakfast ideas.

  13. Oh my! That looks so good!

  14. Those look yummy! I love a little salsa on my scrambled eggs ;)

  15. Those look delicious! I hope to give them a try sometime soon!

  16. Laura H. says:

    I am soooo jealous! This looks like a great cookbook and very delicious recipe which I will be adding to my repertoire ASAP. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Becky says:

    Just what I was looking for. I don’t have this cookbook but would love it. I will have a number of people for sunday breakfast and will certainly use this receipe. thanks

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