1 lb ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into small pieces
salt and pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground oregano
shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 egg for an egg wash
In a pot, over medium-high heat, add olive oil, onions and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes and then add ground turkey. Cook until turkey has browned. Add carrots and continue cooking.
Cut sweet potato into small bite-sized pieces. Add sweet potato to turkey. Add salt, pepper, cumin and oregano and mix together. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 7-8 minutes. Remove turkey from heat.
When I make empanadas, I take a shortcut on the dough. Surely you can make your own dough, but I purchase packaged frozen dough at the grocery store. SOOO much easier. Make sure you defrost your dough by leaving it out for 1 hour prior to using.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay out your empanada circles on a lightly floured surface. Add about 1 spoonful of the ground turkey and sweet potato mixture to one-half of the circle.
Top with shredded cheese.
Now close your empanada by making sure the sides meet up. Then take a fork and press down all around the empanada to close it securely.
Transfer empanadas to a lightly greased baking pan. Brush with an egg wash and transfer to oven. Bake empanadas until they turn golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Aren't they gorgeous?
I love ground turkey and sweet potatoes. I think they go amazing together!! I served my empanadas with a red pepper garlic aioli. The aioli is super easy to make.
Roasted Red Pepper Garlic Aioli
1 roasted red pepper
1 cup lite mayonnaise
3 garlic cloves
1 chipotle pepper with adobo
salt and pepper
Add all ingredients into the blender or a food processor. Blend until smooth.
These empanadas were perfect game-day food. They are handheld, only require a napkin and can be made for a crowd!