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Guava & Cheese Empanadas

Guava & Cheese Empanadas

Fun and funky recipe by our very own Epicurean Guide and Assistant Manager, Alexandra Ostolaza!


  • 3/4 cup goat cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon  or lime (just enough to melt the cheese and make it into a slightly runny paste)
  • 1/2 cup of guava paste, sliced thinly, small enough to fit in the shell.
  • 10-12 medium shells for empanadas. Goya brand calls them “discos” or dough for turnovers (you can find these anywhere Caribbean or Latin American food is sold)
  • Powdered sugar to sprinkle on top


  1. Combine the cheese and lemon juice. Mix well. You should have a smooth, creamy consistency. Looks like cool whip.
  2. Add lemon zest if you’re feeling fancy.
  3. Place a slice of the guava paste in the middle of the shell. Drop a tablespoon of the cheese on top. Take care and don’t overfill. The measurements are approx, you’ll find the sweet spot after you make 2 or 3 of them.
  4. Close the shell and crimp with a fork.
  5. Fry them in canola, peanut, or sunflower oil (any cooking oil with a high smoke point will do) until crispy and slightly brown on the outside.
  6. Drain and dust with powdered sugar. CHOW DOWN
  • Notes: if you use mermelada or compote, be very careful when eating bc it will be molten hot coming out of then fryer

¡Buen Provecho! 

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