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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Crawfish Hand Pies

The big game is coming up. I prefer finger foods while watching the commercials. Isn't that the real reason most people watch the Super Bowl? Here is a great finger food that will score a touchdown with you fans.

1 tablespoon butter

1 pound crawfish tails, drained

4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 3/4 cups Gruyère cheese, divided

1 (14 ounce) package empanada dough, thawed

1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.

In a small sauté pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add crawfish, 3 teaspoons thyme, salt, pepper; cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in bacon and 1 1/2 cups cheese.

On a lightly floured surface, roll each dough round to extend about 1/2- inch larger. Spoon about 1/4 cup crawfish mixture onto center of each round. Brush edges of dough with egg and fold over crawfish mixture. Press firmly to seal and crimp as desired. Place on prepared pan. Brush with egg, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and remaining 1 teaspoon thyme.

Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes.


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Good Cooking, Good Eating and Good Living!!!

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Tracy Gray
Feb 03, 2023

Sounds great! Where can I find empanada dough?

Tommy Centola
Tommy Centola
Feb 03, 2023
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Most grocery stores in the frozen section.

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