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Best Ham and Cheese Empanadas Cooking

In Venezuela, these empanadas made with puff pastry are called pastelitos. They are very popular for breakfast, a true delight! The fillings can vary: there are cheese, ham and cheese, chicken, meat, ricotta, and spinach, among other flavors. I prepare them at home very often, as they are the favorites of my family. Prepare them and surprise your family with a different and very tasty breakfast!


  • two Pillsbury┬« Puff Pastry Puff Pastry Sheets
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • one cup ham, chopped into small pieces
  • one egg
  • one tablespoon of water
  • one tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375 ┬░ F.

2. Carefully roll out the puff pastry. Using a circular cutter, cut the dough into circles of about 9 inches.

3. Mix the cheese and ham in a small bowl. Reservation.

4. Add 2 tablespoons of the cheese and ham mixture in the center of each circle. Fold and seal the edges with the teeth of a fork.

5. Mix the egg with the water. Reservation.

6. Place the empanadas on a large baking sheet and brush them with the egg mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until patties are golden brown.

8. Serve immediately.

How to Make Flan quickly

I am sure that if I explain how to make flan step by step you will convince yourself that it is easy. That is why I have tried to explain it to you in a simple and graphic way so that you are sure that you will not be wrong in any of the steps. Dare … and surprise your family! This dessert is very versatile. Once you know how to do the basics, you can let your imagination run wild and prepare it in many other flavors. In this site, you will find many recipes for flans, and they are all delicious.


For the flan:
5 eggs
one can (12oz) evaporated milk
one can (14oz) condensed milk
one tablespoon vanilla
1/2 Sugar cup

For the caramel:
one Sugar cup
two tablespoons of water


1. Preheat the oven to 350 ┬░ F and have on hand the pan you will use for the bain-marie.

2. Place the sugar for the caramel in a frying pan over medium heat with the 2 tablespoons of water until it melts homogeneously.

3. Cook until the caramel turns golden.

4. Pour it into the mold that you will use. Carefully spread the candy around the mold until it covers the walls of the mold. Let it cool.

5. Add the eggs and blend only for a few seconds. Then add the evaporated milk and mix. Add the condensed milk and mix. Add the vanilla, sugar and continue mixing until you get a homogeneous mixture.

6. Strain and pour the mixture into the mold that you already have caramelized.

7. Take to the oven in a water bath for 45 minutes.

8. Verify that it is ready using a skewer stick or a fine knife. If they come out clean it means you are ready to go.

9. Take it out of the oven being very careful not to burn yourself and put it on a wire rack. Let cool at room temperature until completely cold.

10. Unmold and take to the fridge until serving time.

Healthy and Simple Diabetic Recipes

Even if we have accumulated so much wealth, without good health, we won’t be able to enjoy any of the worldly pleasures with that such is the importance of good health. There are certain diseases that once acquired may not leave us and will stick to us in death and the only possible thing is we can keep it under control within tolerable levels so that it won’t affect our survival and our normal healthfully.

One of such diseases are the diabetics, once you become a diabetic patient, the first restriction would be on food, especially sweets and this will make the person not to enjoy most of the food varieties. For such diabetic people, here are some health and simple diabetic recipes that will make them taste and cherish delicious food varieties in spite of being diabetic.

The black beans rice recipe is a suggested food recipe by American Diabetes Association, this is a tasty recipe for people following the rice diet, and for bread eaters, gingerbread sandwiches and oatmeal sandwich bread recipe would do.

Simple snack recipes for diabetic people are fresh tomato sandwiches, cinnamon fresh apple bars, fruit salad with spicy chips, crunchy and roasted chickpeas, and as such.