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We’re continuing our celebration of #30DaysofDairy with a new delicious recipe every day during National Dairy Month. Today’s recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato Empanadas with Garlic-Red Pepper Dipping Sauce comes from the new Dairy Good Cookbook!

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Sweet Potato Empanadas with Garlic-Red

Photo by Peter Krumhart and Dean Tanner

Roasted Sweet Potato Empanadas With Garlic–Red Pepper Dipping Sauce
Makes 4 servings

Mashed sweet potatoes, two kinds of cheese, and peas are encased in a flaky, buttery crust in this
Spanish‑style supper. The dipping sauce is essentially Romesco—a smooth and savory sauce of puréed roasted red peppers, garlic, olive oil, and almonds.

2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small sweet onion, chopped
¼ cup diced carrots
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup frozen peas, thawed
All-purpose flour
1 (14.1‑ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts)
1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup jarred roasted red peppers
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons unsalted almonds
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1. For the empanadas, preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Toss the potatoes with the melted butter, salt, and pepper until coated. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned and tender. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and allow the potatoes to cool slightly. Leave the oven on.

2. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the carrots and continue cooking until the vegetables are very tender, 6 to 7 minutes more.

3. Mash the sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Stir in the cooked carrots and onions, blue and mozzarella cheeses, and the peas.

4. Lightly flour a work surface, then roll out one pie crust to a 13‑inch circle. With a 5‑inch round cookie cutter, cut out four rounds. Place 3 tablespoons of the potato filling in the center of each round. Moisten the edges of the dough lightly and fold the round over to create a half‑moon shape. Press very lightly around edges to seal. Place the empanadas on a large nonstick baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pie crust and filling. Brush the empanadas with the beaten egg.

5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Meanwhile, for the sauce, combine the red peppers, garlic, almonds, salt, olive oil, and vinegar in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth.

7. Serve the warm empanadas with the sauce.

From The Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from America’s Dairy Farm Families, Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC