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  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • ground to make ½ tsp whole black peppercorns
  • a pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
  • 100g provolone, grated
  • 500g block shortcrust pastry
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • STEP 1

    Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat and cook the onions with the black pepper, chilli flakes and a big pinch of salt for 40 minutes until the onions turn light brown. Remove from the heat, cool completely and mix in both cheeses.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured worksurface to a ½mm thickness. Stamp out 12 x 10cm circles using a biscuit cutter or glass. Spoon 1 tbsp of the filling into the middle of each circle, then brush the exposed pastry edges with beaten egg and fold over to create semi-circles. Use a fork to seal the pastry. Transfer the empanadas to baking trays lined with baking paper and brush with more beaten egg, then bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool slightly, then serve warm or cold.

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