Here's the scenario: you are at home and hungry for food. You have to cook up something scrumptious for you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/ spouse/child/friend, but the ingredients you have on hand are limited.

You have cooked ham, a package of frozen pre-made dough, and fresh spinach. Using these products, along with whatever you currently have on hand in your cupboard and refrigerator, what would you make?

To see what I would make,


  1. I would start by sautéing a chopped onion and garlic in olive oil.
  2. Next I would chop the spinach and wilt it into the onions and garlic.
  3. I would grate up whatever cheese I have in my fridge and dice the ham.
  4. I would fold the cheese and ham into the onion, spinach mixture.
  5. I would roll the dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick and then cut out little circles with a 3-inch diameter cookie cutter.
  6. In the center of each dough circle, I would mound a heaping tablespoon of the spinach ham mixture.
  7. Next I would fold over the dough and pinch to close, forming empanadas. I would brush the outside of the dough with an egg wash and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the empanadas are golden brown.
  8. Finally, I would serve them warm with a cold beer.

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