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Lamb Empadillas

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 45 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Total: 1 hr. 10 min.
These Spanish specialties are a handful of richly flavored ground lamb, nuts, and olives surrounded by a flaky pastry crust.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1/2 cup Spanish olives, stuffed with pimento
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 dashes red pepper sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 recipes pastry for double crust pie, rolled 1/16-inch thick


  • In large frying pan, heat oil. Cook onion, garlic and pine nuts for 3 to 5 minutes; stirring occasionally. Add lamb, finely crumble and cook until lamb is no longer pink. Drain well.
  • Add olives, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and red pepper sauce; set aside.
  • In small bowl, make egg wash by beating together egg and water; set aside.
  • Using cookie cutter, cut 4-inch rounds out of pastry. Fill each with tablespoon of filling. Fold over to make half moon; crimp edges to seal. Cut three 1-inch slits in top of pastry.
  • Brush with egg wash. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake in 375° F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or cold.

Lamb Cuts: Ground Lamb

Category: Appetizer

Storing Lamb: Ground lamb may be frozen for up to 3-4 months. Lamb cuts or roasts may be frozen for up to 6-9 months. To maintain quality, re-wrap the lamb tightly in heavy-duty plastic wrap, a sealable plastic freezer bag or freezer wrap to prevent freezer burn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 784
  Calories from Fat 535 (68%)
(92%)Total Fat 60g
(99%)Saturated Fat 20g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
(48%)Cholesterol 144mg
(51%)Sodium 1225mg
(13%)Potassium 445mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g
(8%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 7g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(50%)Protein 25g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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