Fennel, Asparagus and Artichoke Bottom Empanadas Recipe

aphrodisiac empanadas with fennel, artichoke and asparagus | EatSomethingSexy.comEmpanadas recipe by Diane Brown

This beautiful recipe is a part of a larger story Diane created for us on aphrodisiac tapas. Empanadas are savory bundles found in Spanish and many Latin cultures. The name comes from the Spanish word empanar, roughly meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Diane’s version of these little savory bundles combine three outstanding aphrodisiacs: fennel, asparagus and artichoke. What could be better than this aphrodisiac trifecta wrapped in a golden pastry crust?

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Fennel, Asparagus and Artichoke Bottom Empanadas
Course: Appetizer, dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Spanish
Dish Type: tapas
Ingredient: asparagus
Servings: 8 servings
Created by: Diane Brown
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white onion diced
  • 1 shallot chopped fine
  • 1 small fennel bulb diced
  • 6 asparagus spears cut into _ inch pieces
  • 6 artichoke bottoms canned in oil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon chopped fine
  • 1 sheet puffed pastry dough
  1. In a sauté pan, heat olive oil to a sizzle over a medium-high heat. Add onion, shallot, fennel, and asparagus. Cook until tender. Add artichoke bottoms and tarragon, tossing ingredients lightly to incorporate. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º. 

  3. Roll out puffed pastry dough onto cutting board. Fill each section with one tablespoon of filling. Fold over and seal by pressing with fork tines. 

  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve hot. 

view more of Diane’s aphrodisiac tapas recipes:

Mussels in Sailor’s Sauce
Quick Paella with Shrimp and Sausage
The Latin Lover Napoleon

Diane Brown is author of The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations For Lovers


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