Monday, August 9, 2021

Street Corn Baked Empanada

These street corn empanadas are baked with season's fresh corn. This is based on the Mexican street corn, Elote. Who doesn't love the creamy delicious street corn. The empanada filling is easy to make and this is a great snack as well as appetizer. 

Empanadas and samosas are very similar, the shape is different and different fillings can be used. The dough is also similar. The empanada and samosa dough need not be buttery like pie crust. For the baked version, adding butter gives a delicious texture to the dough. But, if you are short of time, pie crust can be used too. It's going to be even more delicious! The filling is also easy to make. I have used fresh roasted corn. Frozen corn can be used after sautéing to reduce the moisture. Cotija cheese is used in elote but since it is made using animal rennet, I have used queso blanco and my own vegan parmesan cheese. This mixture gives more or less similar taste.

Sue of Palatable Pastime is holding an event this month and our theme for this month is "Baking with Sweet Corn". I love sweet corn and I love baking. The seasons fresh corn is always so tasty and very healthy. Baking delicious food with this amazing veggie is very interesting. We love Elote and this empanada is based on the Mexican street corn. this is my recipe for the event. 


For the dough

All-purpose flour - 2 cups
Butter - 6 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Cold water - 1/3 cup

For the filling

Roasted fresh corn - 1.5 cups, about 2 ears of corn
Queso blanco - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Vegan parmesan - 2 tbsp
Cilantro - 3 tbsp, chopped
Sour cream - 3 tbsp
Cayenne - 3/4 tsp
Cheddar cheese - 1/2 cup, shredded
Milk - 1 tbsp


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add the ingredients for the dough in a bowl, with a pastry cutter cut the butter into pieces, and knead to a smooth dough using water as needed. Cover and set aside.

In another bowl add all the ingredients for the filling, mix, and set aside.

Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece to a 6-in circular disc. Place about one and half  to two tablespoons of the filling in center. Fold the disc and seal the edges. This can be done by pinching the dough with fingers or fork. Alternatively, fold and crimp the edges for a decorative edge. Repeat with all the dough portions. 

Arrange them on a baking tray. Brush with milk. 

Bake in the oven for 23-25 minutes or till golden brown. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes.


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  1. These sound amazing. I love these little hand pies, perfect for a light lunch or snack.

  2. What a clever way to use the flavors of street corn! These sound delicious.