Gluten Free Honey Baked Ham and Potato Empanadas. Healthy Honey Baked Ham and sweet potatoes stuffed and baked in gluten free dough with tasty spices! A great appetizer, snack, and comfort food made easy!
Bring on the HONEY Baked HAM SEASON!
Wait, let me back things up first. Did I ever tell you about the first time I tried an empanada? I was 12 and spending the summer in Brazil. It was pork and potato empanada (I don’t think honey ham exists in Brazil). And actually, Brazilians actually call empanadas, Empadas or Pastels. Either way, it’s a Spanish/Portuguese/Latin dish! But if you asked my kiwi husband, he’d call these MEAT PIES or HAND PIES. Back to my point here.
Ever since my first abroad trip, I’ve been a travel-a-holic and love remaking cultural dishes. In fact, it’s probably why I married a foreigner.
So today, I give you a new cultural creation! Honey Baked Ham and Potato Empanadas. Yes, ones that are stuffed with sweet ham and potato. You get my point here. And the truth is, I haven’t be able to enjoy these little stuffed pies (empanadas) for gosh… YEARS! Unless they were in my dreams, kidding..kinda. But alas, all that has changed. Oh yes, thank goodness!
Empanada – a savory stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried. Most empanadas contain meat/cheese/vegetable of some sort.
Thank goodness for new gluten free flours with a 1:1 ratio to that of wheat flour. Which means I can use them in place of favorite wheat flour recipes. Even ones that rise with yeast and create magical dough! Ahem… like EMPANADAS!
And thank goodness for healthier ingredients that can fill these little gluten free honey baked ham empanadas with more flavor and texture. I’ve caught your attention now, didn’t I?
Yep. the key to making one tasty gluten free empanada is to find the right filling. You need it to be sweet but savory. Not too messy, and just the right about of chewiness, never sticky.
I used Nektar Honey Crystals in place of sugar when making the gluten free dough for the empanadas and as you can see, I also used it as a dry sugar “rub” to make the honey baked ham part of the empanadas.
It’s easy, I promise! Just mix the dough, cover and let it rise (only took a few hours), roll it out, cut into 4 inch circles. Fill with a small sliced of ham rubbed in honey (or honey nektars), add some garlic, potato, and cheese if desired. Then fold dough in half, press the edges down, coat with a little butter or oil and more honey nektar/other seasonings, and bake!Print
Alright you cultural flare and holiday food loving folks. I know you have leftover mashed potato or sweet potato from Thanksgiving. I know you’re gonna go crazy for all things Christmas, and Holiday Honey Ham, and Holiday parties. I know you’re still wanting to eat healthy, but also wanting to enjoy good food. Because… tis the season for giving.. giving in a little perhaps? Haha.
Check out more ways you can use Nektar Honey Crystals on their site! Plus they are now available at Walmart, which I know everyone has near them, right? YAY!
Favorite way to use Honey baked ham?
Ever had an empanada? What kind? do tell!