Made by hand and eaten by hand, empanadas are a crowd favourite and can be filled with whatever your heart desires, making them super versatile – you could even do an Empanada of the Day. Making this easy empanada dough from scratch enables you to add additional flavour and crunch through the addition of Mainland Egmont Cheese directly into the dough. The quick and easy hand rolling and folding adds handmade provenance and ensures freshness without taking up too much of your precious time.

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Beef Cheek Filling

  • 2ea (400g) beef cheek
  • 100g Mainland Salted Butter
  • 100g port wine jelly
  • 300g crushed tomatoes
  • 100ml water 
  • 100ml Anchor Blue Top Milk
  • 50g rosemary, thyme & parsley stalks



Seal beef cheeks in a hot frypan to seal in juices, set aside to rest.

Combine all ingredients with the beef cheeks in a covered oven tray and slow cook at 150°C for 4 hours. 

Remove from oven and remove herbs.

Break up the beef cheeks and bind with the cooking mixture. Season to taste ready to fill empanadas.

Empanada Dough

  • 500g bakers flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp wagyu beef fat or vegetable shortening
  • 200ml Anchor Blue Top Milk
  • 125ml water
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 100g Mainland Egmont Grated Cheese 
  •  Vegetable oil, for frying 


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.

Gently mix the vegetable shortening into the flour.

Place the milk and water in a saucepan and heat until almost boiling.

Stir the hot liquid into the flour mixture. Add more water (1 tablespoon at a time) if the mixture seems too dry and crumbly, alternatively add more flour if the mixture is too wet and sticky.

Knead dough gently until well mixed – do not overwork the dough.

Divide dough into 18 portions and roll each piece into a ball. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.

Roll each ball of dough into a 6–7 inch circle.

Coriander Cream

  • 250g Anchor Sour Cream 
  • 1 lg bunch fresh coriander
  • 3ea makrut lime leaves (ground to a paste) 
  • 1ea lime zest and juice
  • Season to taste


Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Season to taste.

Leave to chill and re-set in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Use to drizzle on top or on the side for dipping.

Building your Empanada

  • 1por rolled Empanada Dough circle 
  • 250g egg wash 
  • 30g Mainland Egmont Grated Cheese
  • 50g Beef Cheek Filling
  • Oil for deep frying  
  • Salt, to season


Place 30g of cheese & 50g beef cheek filling in the centre of each dough circle.

Fold the dough in half over the filling to form a semicircle.

Press down firmly along edges to seal, pinch and fold edges.

Deep fry at 170°C until golden brown, season with salt and garnish with pickled vegetables & smoked tomato gel or oven bake at 200°C for 12–15 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Serve with side of Coriander Cream dipping sauce.

Beef Cheek & Egmont Empanadas

Flaky and cheesy pastry triangles filled with slow-cooked beef cheek and grated Egmont cheese

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Unique smooth cheddar-style cheese with a slightly nutty flavour. Perfect for cooking and baking. Egmont has a delicious cheddar flavour with an excellent melt – the number one choice for your favourite cheesy dishes.


Mainland Egmont is a nutty flavoured cheese with excellent melting properties. This cheese is popular for the stretch and melt of mozzarella, while also delivering a full flavour. It is renowned for its uniformity and consistency.