Mother’s Day is coming up soon (how did that happen already??) so how about celebrating Mom with some fun bite-size brunch recipes?! And better yet, how about winning a great prize package FOR Mom?? Land O’ Lakes has graciously offered to give one of my readers a great prize package valued at more than $100 so read on for more details and info on how to enter. To celebrate Mom I also came up with these great and easy Breakfast Empanadas with Smoky Cheese Dip featuring Land O’ Lakes eggs! Fun for everyone, because if everyone else is happy, MOM is happy!
Land O’ Lakes has some great brunch type recipes on their website including Breakfast Biscuit Bakes, Mini Mexi Bites – Land O’ Lakes, and Bacon Topped Deviled Eggs – Land O’ Lakes just to name a few. I decided to come up with another recipe to add to the bunch, Breakfast Empanadas with Smoky Cheese Dip. These empanadas are stuffed with scrambled Land O’ Lakes eggs and sausage, and served with a warm cheese dip. My kids loved dipping their empanadas and since they were happy, I was happy!!!
Not a lot of ingredients in this recipe and it’s quick and easy to make. The Land O’ Lakes eggs should be easy to find at your local grocery store. Land O’ Lakes has four varieties of all-natural eggs: Farm-Fresh All-Natural Eggs, Cage-Free All-Natural Eggs, All-Natural Eggs with 160 mg ALA Omega 3, and Organic All-Natural Eggs. All varieties are produced by hens fed a premium vegetarian, whole-grain diet.
For the dough for the empanadas, you can make your own homemade empanada dough, or you could probably use store-bought or homemade pie crust, bread dough, biscuit dough, or even puff pastry dough. To make it easy, I picked up an 8 count tube of flaky biscuit dough. The “flaky” biscuits can easily be split into 2 each so you actually get 16 empanadas out of one package. I used a chicken and apple sausage but you could use any kind of sausage, or even precooked ham or bacon.
For the cheese dip I used Land O’ Lakes American cheese, milk, and some spices including ancho chile powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. You can definitely add other things to your dip such as chopped jalapenos or chilies, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, salsa, etc. Lots of possibilities!
To start, I crumbled and cooked my sausage in a large skillet until cooked through.
While the sausage was cooking, I scrambled my eggs in a small bowl. The first thing I always notice about Land O’ Lakes eggs is that the yolks are a lot brighter than other eggs!
When the sausage is done, remove the sausage from the pan and drain most of the fat. You can scramble your eggs right in the same pan (or use a separate pan if you want to cook at the same time as your sausage to speed things up a bit).
Separate your biscuits into 2 pieces each and spread slightly with your fingers to even out the dough and make it easier to stuff them. Place on large baking sheets.
Spoon the sausage and eggs onto one side of each piece of dough. Fold the dough over the filling and using a fork or your fingers, seal the edges.
I brushed the top of my empanadas with an easy egg wash so that they would be shiny and golden brown when cooked. Just scramble another Land O’ Lakes egg in a small bowl and mix in a little milk (or water) to thin, then using a brush, very lightly brush the egg wash on top.
I baked my empanadas on silpats but you could use parchment paper or follow the directions for the type of dough you use. While the empanadas are baking and just about done, prepare your cheese dip. It only takes a few minutes to make the cheese dip and was so quick to make that I FORGOT to take pictures! Darn it! Just chop up your cheese, put in a small microwave-safe bowl, add your milk, and spices. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. It should only take a few minutes before the cheese has melted and the dip is smooth. Then mix in anything else you’d like such as jalapenos, tomatoes, etc. The dip will start to thicken up as it cools, so you can put it back in the microwave, or keep it in a fondue pot or small crockpot to stay warm. Detailed recipe is at the bottom of this post.
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|Breakfast Empanadas with Smoky Cheese Dip & Giveaway||
- 1 pound ground sausage
- 8 Land O’ Lakes eggs
- 2 (8 count) tubes large flaky biscuits
- 1 Land O’ Lakes egg
- milk (or water)
- 2 (8oz.) packages Land O’ Lakes (white) American Cheese Slices, chopped
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon ancho chile powder
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- (optional add-ins – chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, salsa, chopped cilantro, chopped chilies or jalapenos, etc.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or silpats if desired.
- Brown sausage in large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove sausage (and excess grease) from pan.
- Break 8 eggs into small bowl, and whisk until well mixed. Cook and scramble eggs in large skillet over low heat until cooked through.
- Meanwhile, divide each biscuit in half horizontally. Spoon sausage and egg onto one side of biscuit. Fold biscuit over filling and using a fork or fingers, press to seal.
- If desired, whisk together additional egg and a little milk (or water), and brush over top of empanadas.
- Bake empanadas for about 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F or until lightly browned.
- When empanadas are just about done, place cheese and 1 cup of milk in small microwave-safe bowl. Add ancho chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth. Add any desired add-ins if desired. Serve alongside empanadas.
Other bite-size dishes for brunch you may enjoy:
- Breakfast Biscuit Bakes – Land O’ Lakes
- Mini Mexi Bites – Land O’ Lakes
- Bacon Topped Deviled Eggs – Land O’ Lakes