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Ham and pineapple empanadas on a wooden serving board.
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Leftover Baked Ham & Cheese Empanadas

A delicious appetizer or quick leftover dinner made with all the flavors of the holiday glazed ham.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 607kcal
Author: Vanessa


  • 1 can (20 oz) Dole Pineapple Tidbits with 100% Pineapple Juice
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
  • 10 store-bought empanada discs
  • 2 cups leftover glazed holiday ham cubed
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded


  • Coat pineapple tidbits with brown sugar and cloves or allspice and heat in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Lay the empanada discs, a few at a time, on a flat surface over parchment paper.
  • Add about 1 1/2 tablespoons glazed ham to the center of each disc and layer with about 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese and 1 tablespoon pineapple tidbits.
  • Carefully fold the discs and using a fork press firmly around the edges to seal.
  • In a medium pot or large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Fry the empanadas on both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes each side.
  • Rest in a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1466mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 4mg