Reuben Empanadas

Reuben Empanadas

Hand-held treats feature tender corned beef, tangy Frank’s Kraut, creamy Swiss cheese, and a zesty Thousand Island dressing, all folded into a flaky empanada dough and baked to perfection. Recipe & photograph: @BBQwithBoterman

Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
Ready-in 00:40 mins
Yields 4 empanadas
Cooking Method Oven


4 pre-made pie crust dough
1 lb. thin sliced corned beef
1 14oz can Frank’s Kraut
2 cups of shredded Swiss cheese
1 egg (for egg wash)
Olive oil
Thousand Island dressing for dipping.


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375ºF
  2. Start making your filling by combining corned beef, Frank’s Kraut, and Swiss cheese in a large bowl.
  3. Lay out your pie crusts and cut individual circles 3-4” in diameter (or if you’re using an empanada press, cut to fit).
  4. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of the dough circle and fold the dough in half, sealing the edges using a fork. If you have an empanada press, oil it up before use, it will help the empanadas release.
  5. Once you have created all of your empanadas, beat one egg and brush the surface of each empanada with egg wash.
  6. Bake at 375ºF for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with thousand island for dipping!

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