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Pro Baking Tips

Toaster Ovens

Toaster ovens work great for baking empanadas! Set the timer, then go finish getting ready for work. Empanadas stay hot for a long time after cooking, so you won't need to reheat them. Ovens vary in power, but if you're cooking 4 or fewer empanadas, you probably don't need to preheat.

Reheating

Cooked empanadas can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, bake them at 400 F for about 8 minutes. Microwave ovens are not recommended, but you won't be the first one if you try it.

Empanadas coming out flat?

90% of cooking fails are the result of empanadas not getting enough heat. If your empanada comes out flat and gooey, it’s because it melted in low heat.

Well cooked, shapely empanadas:

Cassava Empanadas

  • Preheat preheat preheat to 425 F. You can even do 450 F.
  • Avoid crowding. Crowded empanadas block each other from the heat. Avoid this by placing them at least 2 inches apart from each other and from the edge of the pan.
  • Cooking two pans at the same time? If you need to cook a lot of empanadas at once in two pans:
    • Crank the temperature to 450 F.
    • If your oven has convection, use it to help circulate air.
    • Place the two pans in the oven, one near the top and one near the bottom. Cook empanadas for 12 min, then swap pans (top pan goes to the bottom and bottom pan goes to the top). Cook another 12 min. This will ensure even cooking for both pans.

Sticking to the pan

Silicone Baking Mats are a fantastic way to bake anything without sticking to the pan. They can be reused many, many times and you can get them from Amazon for less than $10 for a pack of two. We recommend:

Artisan Silicone Baking Mat
for Half-Size Cookie Sheet, 16.5 x 11 inches

Cassava Silicone Baking Mat