How to use an empanada maker How to use an empanada maker

This empanada maker, the largest in a set of three, has been sitting in a kitchen drawer since we bought this house in 2008. Before that, all three empanada makers sat on a shelf in a kitchen cabinet in our old house all through the seven plus years that we lived there. I’ve used them once and decided it was easier to make empanadas without them. For some reason though, I didn’t throw them away.

A couple of months ago, there was a food show that featured a diner that specializes in pierogi — Polish dumplings that look like empanadas but are really different from empanadas. The cook in that diner used an empanada maker to prepare the pierogi and how she used the empanada maker was shown in detail.

That was when I realized that the only time I used my empanada makers and decided they were a dud, I actually used them the wrong way. Having learned my mistake, I brought out the empanada makers from their hiding place, washed them, dried them and used them.

Don’t look for an empanada recipe in this post — this is about how to use the empanada maker. The empanada recipes will come later. Hopefully, in droves.

So, prepare the empanada dough and roll it out to less than a quater of an inch thick. Use the bottom of the empanada maker to cut out circles. Just press down, twist a little and voila! Naturally, these circles will fit perfectly in the empanada maker. How to use an empanada maker

Lift out a circle of dough and place on the empanada maker. Spoon the filling at the center. How to use an empanada maker

This is the part where I did it wrong in the past. Because I had been so used to making empanada with no tools, I’d lay the dough flat, place the filling on one side, fold over the empty half of the dough over the half with the filling and press and crimp the edges together. I did the same thing with the empanada maker — I tried to fold over half of the dough over the other and made a mess. So, so wrong.

The right way is shown in the photo above. Holding the left and right handles of the empanada maker, lift them at the same time to close the empanada maker and to seal the empanada. How to use an empanada maker

And you have a perfectly formed empanada.

So, there are definite advantages to the empanada maker? Oh, yes. It is so much easier to pack in more filling without struggling with the sealing process. For that reason alone, I’d say the empanada maker is worth using.

Where did I buy my set of empanada makers? I’ve forgotten. It’s so long ago. But I still see them around especially in stores that sell those “as seen on TV” stuff.


  1. madgwenny says

    thanks for this instructional piece. i also bought my set years ago and i’m not sure now if we brought it when we moved to our house now — haven’t seen them again. if i do find it, i will use it for the first time, too.

    have a nice day :D

  2. florisa says

    omg! i do commit the same mistake. so ganun pala paggamit nun! hehehe…
    thanks for sharing Connie.

  3. gigi says

    regrets, regrets.. i have thrown mine away a long time ago… toinks.. time to shop for a new one then . thanks for the post x

  4. peterb says

    I didn’t even know you could use the bottom to cut out the dough! I ended up manually folding it and used a fork for design. Time to try it again after so many years! (if i can find it)

  5. says

    Now I get it! Sheesh.

    We are big on empanada as a family and prepare them for every occasion. We do each empanada manually. I do have these empanada maker in the house, bought them on a trip abroad about a decade ago. We also tried to use them once, but it was messy.

    Now we know how. We just need to find the darn things now.

    Kamusta connie?

  6. Ruth T. says

    I had an empanada maker like the one in your picture but cant find it anymore. After reading your article, went to the store and found a set of 4 different sizes for $3. No mess and less handling. Thanks Connie.

  7. Gina S. Cu says

    egad! so that’s how you use it! after all the ‘pangit’ na empanada, kasalanan ko pala talaga hahaha! thanks so much for this tutorial. such a BIG help talaga.
    btw, am new on your site. and with this, i’m hooked! :)

  8. rookieinthekitchen says

    Hi ms connie! Meron dn po ako ganito! Simula nung mahook ako sa mga blogs nio i’ve been baking almost evergyday n po…. I started with cookies tapos ung apple cinamon donuts, pero sakin muffin version, tapos po today ung tres leches….. I also tried the pan grilled eggplant…. Your blogs are really great! Im really a rookie in the kitchen kaya trial and error pa ang phase ng baking career ko pero ok lang. Kinakain ng parents ko and brother ko ang binabake ko.. They are even asking me kung ano na nabake ko for the day everytime dmdating sila frm wrk. So tomorrow it’s fried and baked empanada!

  9. rookieinthekitchen says

    Hi ms connie! Nagawa ko na ung empanada!:) at last nagamit ko din ung empanada maker! Thanks for the tips!