Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Easy Empanadas

I grabbed 10 cans of free Pillsbury Biscuits during the last big Catalina deal at Jewel. I've looked for some new recipes to use all these biscuits, and I created an easy take on empanadas. With a handful of basic ingredients, this meal came together in less than 30 minutes.

1 can reduced fat Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits (free after coupons)
1/4 lb. ground turkey ($.30)
1 small onion, minced ($.10)
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped fine ($.20)
1/4 tsp. oregano ($.05)
1/4 tsp. chile powder ($.05)
1 clove garlic, crushed ($.05)
3 oz. shredded Mexican cheese blend ($.45)
1 1/2 tsp. canola oil ($.05)

In a small, nonstick skillet, brown ground turkey and add onion, bell pepper, oregano, chile powder, and garlic. Cook until veggies are tender.

Roll out biscuits to approximately 6" around. Add 1/8 of mixture to one side of each rolled out biscuit, top with 1 to 2 T. cheese. Fold dough over filling and use a fork to seal the edges. Brush dough lightly with oil and place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake 15-17 minutes, serve with salsa, sour cream, chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, and refried beans.

Yields = 8 empanadas
Cost: $1.25
Cost per empanada: $.16

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