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Do you love football? We do! For us, the weekends is about family, food, fun and FOOTBALL! This weekend we had two huge wins: LSU & the New Orleans Saints
finally won! My game day menu varies but since my family loves flavor and spice, I usually make anything from Cajun, Latino or spice up a classic. Growing up my mother would make enchiladas, mole or chicken colorado for any weekend family activity. I love one pot or one dish meals but thought today I would make finger foods like empanadas.
I went to Walmart while the kids were at school and remembered how painstaking empanadas can be. Not that it’s not worth the time, but empanadas can be messy to make! Flour from making the empanada can go everywhere and don’t forget to put the right amount of filling or it can result in counter splatter and empanada leakage. I decided to pick up some paper towels because my kitchen will get messy!
I picked up Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Roll to tackle my possible kitchen flour and dough disaster. Viva Vantage Towel provides stretchy-strength to deliver great scrubbing power over smooth and flat surfaces. When you’re using a lot of dry and wet ingredients your bound to make a mess and you need a smooth surface to prepare your empanadas in the case you drip your filling or egg wash over your floured counter. Viva Vantage is soft and strong like cloth, so even when wet, it resists ripping or tearing.
Look at my counters! I have a bowl of wet crawfish filling (which taste fantástico) but my counters have to stay dry or my empanada dough will rip once it gets wet. After I fill my empanada with crawfish filling, I have to press the seams together and use egg wash to give my empanadas a golden brown crust. The egg wash is more liquid that my counters don’t need so it’s up to my Viva Vantage to dry up any wet liquid as fast as possible.
My mother would always say “Barriga llena corazon contento” which means “Full stomach, happy heart” but no one loves to clean their kitchen after cooking. My empanadas are in the oven and a mess is waiting for me! See the at picture above? I take a dry Viva Vantage paper towel and wet to clean my dirty counters.
Now that my kitchen is clean I can go back and focus on my empanadas in the oven. After cooking for about 20 minutes, my empanadas are golden brown and ready to cool off before we enjoy the game. If you would like to save money as much as you love football, you can save on print this coupon for $1 any ONE (1) Viva® Paper Towel or Viva® Vantage® Paper Towel 12-pack or larger and don’t forget to print my recipe card and bake your own batch of crawfish empanadas at your next tailgate party.
Vamos a fiesta, Let’s Party! Comment below, I’d love to hear about your favorite game day recipe!
- 1 lb of crawfish tails or shrimp
- 1 can - 12 oz of diced tomatoes w/diced jalapeno peppers
- 1 cup of cooked rice
- 1/2 of colby jack shredded cheese
- 1/3 cup of seasoning blend (diced onions & bell peppers)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp chili power or your favorite chili seasoning blend
- 2 packages of refrigerated pie crust (or make your own pie crust)
- 1 beaten egg
- Combine crawfish tails or shrimp, diced tomatoes w/diced jalapeno peppers, cooked rice, colby jack shredded cheese, seasoning blend (diced onions & bell peppers), salt and chili power to create your empanada filling.
- Roll out your pie crust to form a small circle of dough approx 4-6 inches in diameter. Add 1-2 tbsp of empanada filling and fold in half to create a seam and close your semicircle. Brush egg wash on top and repeat. 2 individual pie crusts (1 package) should make 8 empanadas. Bake for 20 minutes in oven at 350F.
- You can make more empanadas at a lower cost by making your own pie crust dough to save money versus already make pie crust in your store's refrigerated section.