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A fabulous street food mash-up served with a gooey beer cheese dip! Delicious smoked sausage, peppers, and onions, stuffed in pastry discs make these Smoked Sausage and Peppers Empanadas perfectly portable and mess free!
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Who doesn’t love a little street food on a weekday, huh?
Today, we’re talking about two of the most delicious meals that can be found on the streets of most major cities – but combined in one ultimate snack. You don’t need a bib for these babies, though! They’re perfectly portable, and are about to be your most requested game day food!
Italian sausage & peppers has been and will always be one of my go-to sandwich options. There’s something so comforting about a toasty bun filled with juicy sausage, caramelized onions, and tangy peppers. When the fair comes to town in the fall, or I find a food truck with them on the menu, I default and order one. Can’t help myself.
Do you know what’s even easier than Italian sausage, but just as delicious? Smoked sausage, which is something we always always have on hand.
Breakfasts in our house often consist of eggs, toast, and some kind of protein, because Abe is very much still a caveman. We don’t always have bacon thawed out, but we usually have a package of Eckrich Original Skinless Smoked Sausage in the fridge ready to go.
I’ve been playing around with recipes for tailgating lately, even with football season wrapping up. It’s always good to get ahead of the game (no pun intended) for the following year.
Abe has been part of a Fantasy Football league for the last few years, and I’ve used Sundays as an opportunity to test my recipe creations on our friends. These Smoked Sausage and Peppers Empanadas are a mashup of that delicious sandwich and one of his favorite football snacks – and needless to say, they’ve been a hit!
The flavors are a little of this and a little of that – not quite a sausage & pepper sandwich, not quite a classic empanada, but very smoky and tasty. They’re so versatile and easy to customize, too. You can add any extra spices you want and it will only enhance the flavors of the already high-quality hardwood smoked sausage.
They’re so easy to throw together, too, and can be made en masse in advance and refrigerated until you’re ready to bake ‘em for your crowd of hungry football fans.
I’m looking forward to serving them up with a batch of my homemade beer cheese dip for the National Championship Game on January 8th!
One of the highlights of that game is definitely seeing the outcome of the annual Eckrich $1 Million Dollar Challenge! One lucky, sporty fan attempts to complete a 20-yard pass LIVE on ESPN at the game, alongside ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit, who will attempt a throw for $1 million that will be donated to CFP Foundation’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” cause if he makes the throw!
I’m not sure I could make the pass, but dreaming about a cool million is something I do on the daily. Maybe these empanadas can make that happen for me!
Smoked Sausage and Peppers Empanadas
Smoked sausage empanadas
- 4 links Eckrich Smoked Sausage
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 red onions diced
- 2 bell peppers diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Dried oregano
- 1/2 cup beer
- 20 empanada discs
- 1 egg beaten
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese blend shredded
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 cup beer
- 4 drops liquid smoke
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
Smoked Sausage Empanadas:
- Place the sausages in a large skillet over medium heat, and brown on all sides. Remove from skillet, slice in quarters, then chop into small chunks.
- Melt butter in skillet. Stir in the onion, and garlic, and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and season to taste with salt, peppers, and oregano. Stir in beer and simmer 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Return chopped sausage to skillet with the vegetables. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10-15 minutes, or until sausage is heated through and vegetables are cooked.
- Drain liquid from mixture in a large, fine-mesh sieve. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place empanada discs on work surface. Using heaping tablespoon measure, spoon mixture onto center of dough round. Using your finger, paint the outer edge of the dough with water. Fold dough into half-moon shape; gently press down edges and use the tines of a fork to seal. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Divide empanadas among baking sheets. Brush tops of empanadas with egg wash. Cook until pastries turn golden brown and filling is hot, about 30 minutes.
- In a small saucepan set over low heat, melt the cream cheese. Add the shredded cheeses and beer, stirring consistently until melted.
- Stir in the liquid smoke, then season as desired with salt and pepper. Keep on very low on stovetop until ready to serve - this cheese thickens quickly.
PIN THESE SMOKED SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS EMPANADAS FOR LATER!
Serve up a few of these other perfect tailgating snacks this football season!