Blue Bird Bistro Turkey Empanada

May 12, 2023 • 0 comments

Blue Bird Bistro Turkey Empanada
Blue Bird Bistro on the Westside has been buying from us since round 2012! These empanada are easy to make and great for an appetizer or a main course. Or check them out at the restaurant.
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  • Servings: 8



Blue Bird Bistro + Barham Family Farm Ground Turkey Empanada 

Makes 10-12 servings


2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon sea salt

4 ounces butter, cut into ¼-inch cubes

1 large egg

⅓ cup ice water


1 pound Barham Family Farm Ground turkey

⅓ cup chopped yellow onion

1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno

1 cup corn

1 cup black beans

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Egg wash (1 egg and 1tablespoon water mixed together)

For the dough: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Pulse flour and salt in food processor. Add butter, egg and ice water and pulse mixture until it looks like crumbs. Shape dough into a ball, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

For the filling: In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté ground turkey, onion, jalapeño, corn, beans, cumin, paprika, cayenne and ground cinnamon in a teaspoon of olive oil til turkey is cooked through. Remove filling from heat and allow filling to cool to room temperature.

Assembly: Sprinkle flour on a clean surface. 

Divide refrigerated dough into 10-12 equal parts (about 2.2 ounces each).

Take 1 piece of dough and add a couple drops of water and knead it until it feels soft. Roll dough until uniformly until 1/4-inch thick. Using a cookie cutter or glass, cut uniform circles in the dough and brush with egg wash. 

Place 1 heaping tablespoon of filling in center of circle.  Fold dough over filling to make a semicircle. Press the edge of empanada together with a fork. Place empanadas on parchment paper. Brush empanadas with egg wash both sides. Bake empanadas for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

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