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Corn and Bacon Empanadas
 with Orange-Infused Honey Drizzle

March 19, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

Big news, imaginary internet people: I’m having the best week ever!

After eight long months of unemployment, as of this morning I have a job.

I’m the newest member of the marketing team at Free Spirit Publishing, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Everyone I’ve met there over the course of the three (count ‘em, three!) interviews feels like a friend already, and they (we!) do really important work – publishing books on positive youth development and resources for kids and teens.

I start in two weeks, so I guess I’d better get used to waking up before Days of Our Lives.

And there’s another reason I’m on cloud nine these days. I made an Argentinian-inspired dinner for Mom and Handsome Greg on Saturday night, and the corn empanadas with orange-infused honey were – gosh, can I even say it? – the best thing I’ve ever made.

I don’t like to play favorites, and that’s a really big thing to say, but these empanadas with their sweet, sticky sauce deserve the accolades.

The combination of flavors and textures – sweet, succulent corn, biting peppers and onions, salty bacon, gooey cheese, bright cilantro, crispy fried dough, and floral, citrusy honey – absolutely warrants my blatant abuse of tired adjectives.

There was much more orange honey than needed for the 12 empanadas, and it’s been a treat finding other things (besides a spoon) off of which to lick it. For starters, Mom’s popovers:

Continue reading for the recipe for Corn and Bacon Empanadas with Orange-Infused Honey Drizzle

5.0 from 5 reviews

Corn and Bacon Empanadas with Orange-Infused Honey Drizzle
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Servings: makes 12 empanadas
Sweet corn, jalapenos, and bacon wrapped in crispy fried dough, and drizzled with floral, citrusy honey
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cans corn, drained
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 quart canola oil
  • 12 empanada shells
  • ½ cup honey
  • Zest and juice of half an orange
  1. Sauté the onion and jalapeno in olive oil until the pepper is fragrant. Add the corn, milk, and cheese, and reduce heat. Cook till mixture thickens, stirring frequently. Stir in the cilantro and bacon, and adjust seasonings. Refrigerate for easier filling of the shells.
  2. Fill each shell with 1-2 teaspoons of corn filling. Fold over and press to seal. Squish out the air pockets.
  3. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Fry the empanadas two at a time for about 4 minutes, flipping half-way through. Drain on paper towels. Hold in a warm oven until ready to serve.
  4. Place honey, orange juice, and orange zest in a saucepan and simmer till thickened to syrup consistency. Put through a fine sieve. Serve warm over empanadas.
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  1. danielle says:

    OOh – these sound delicious!

  2. I love empanadas and have always wanted to try making my own. Your recipe sounds amazing! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays – and congrats on your new job!

  3. Jonnique says:

    3 Things:
    Thanks for linking up to Taste This Thursday

    This Recipe looks amazing

    Congrats on the job!!!

  4. Mindie says:

    This is Mindie from Bacon Time, of course I love your recipe:)

  5. I love empanadas and these sound so original and yummy!

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  7. Oh my!! Empanadas are something I have never made! These look awesome!! Thanks for linking up to 2 Maids a Baking!!

  8. Thanks for sharing at the Creative Corner Hop.

    The Things We Find Pinteresting Thursday” is up and running if you would like to link up your favorite pins.

    Cherished Handmade Treasures

  9. These empanadas look delicious, and it’s got bacon, I love it already! And congratulations on your new job!

  10. Candy says:

    Congratulations on the job! I love these empanadas and can’t wait to try them!

  11. Greggy says:

    They were truly awesome! As was the entire meal.

  12. Becky says:

    Congratulations on getting the job!!! That sounds like an awesome opportunity!! Also, I think these empanadas look DIVINE! I’m featuring them this weekend. I’m craving them!!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday.

  13. danielle says:

    I wanted to stop by and let you know that I featured this on my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post today stop by and see – and grab a button if you’d like.

    • Bake Up, Little Suzy says:

      Gosh, thanks! I’m honored. When you make them, please let me know what you think. And don’t skip the orange honey — it’s divine.

  14. Miz Helen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Bake Up, Little Suzy says:

    Thank you, everyone. I’m super excited to start my new job, and I really appreciate your support.

  16. Four Sisters says:

    These look and sound amazing, I can’t wait to try them out!

    We have our first ever Beautify It Monday link party going on now and we’d love if you stopped by to link up –

  17. Congrats on your job!! I recently found a job (after 9 months of unemployment) so I know how awesome that feels!

    Also, these empanadas look delicious!!

  18. This sounds so fancy! The title caught my eye right away! Thanks for linking to Must Try Monday and congrats on your job!

  19. mjskit says:

    Congratulations on getting a job!!! That’s awesome! What a great little dish to celebrate with. Love empanadas and these look absolutely delicious! Love the honey-orange topping as an added touch!

  20. What a great week hey…landing a new awesome job and finding your most favourite thing ever to make. Nice! Three interviews? Holy moly that’s tough…but way to go! Congrats! And thanks so much for sharing at Scrumptious Sunday!

  21. Michelle says:

    I saw these over at What Makes You Say Mmmmm? Monday. Corn and bacon…yes, please. Looks fantastic! Congrats on the job…now go set your alarm clock!

  22. Lisa says:

    These look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  24. Congrats on your new job! These empanadas look like some tasty eats, and I can’t wait to try them! I’ll also feature them tomorrow on Five Friday Finds – stop by and grab a button if you like. :)

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  26. What a great combination of ingredients. Please share this today on my foodie friday linky.

  27. This looks SO good! I have featured it over on this week’s edition of Makin’ You Crave Monday. Come on over & check it out – and link up something new this week while you’re at it! :)


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