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Tomorrow night I’m invited to an early Valentine’s Day party. I decided to bring a heart-shaped ❤️ empanada filled with a spinach and artichoke dip. I think it will be so fun and cute! Here’s how I made it:

Valentine’s Day Appetizer

Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Appetizer

Recipe for Spinach and Artchoke Empanadas
Yields 20 empanadas


-2 14 ounce packages of empanada shells (10 per pack, located in the freezer section), fully thawed ! (this is important as in order to separate the shells without tearing them, they need to be fully thawed, soft and pliable)

-1 8 ounce package of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened to room temperature

-1 10 ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, fully thawed and very well drained (again plan ahead and let the spinach thaw overnight in the fridge over in a strainer over a bowl to catch the water)

-1/2 cup mayonnaise

-1/2 cup sour cream

-1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

-1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-1 14 ounce can of chopped artichoke hearts, fully drained

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large egg beaten with one tablespoon of water

1 heart-shaped ❤️Cookie cutter


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream in a large bowl until well combined.
  4. Add in the spinach, artichokes, and the three cheeses. Combine well and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Place one empanada shell on a dry cutting board.
  6. Cover the remaining shells with a piece of plastic wrap.
  7. Using a heart-shaped ❤️ cookie cutter, cut two hearts out of one shell.
  8. Place about a tablespoon of the dip on one heart leaving a 1/4 inch border around the entire heart.
  9. Gently stretch the second heart before placing it over the heart that has the filling on it.
  10. Now crimp the edges of the two combined hearts to seal them using the tines of a fork.
  11. Repeat with the other 19 shells.
  12. Place the filled hearts on the prepared pans and brush with the egg wash.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  14. Serve warm.
  15. Enjoy❤️!
valentines day appetizer

This is the plate I’m planning to serve the empanadas on. It’s by Nora Fleming and the little heart ❤️ “mini” is one of many little “charms” that this designer uses to celebrate every occasion under the sun! This particular plate is made of melamine so it’s not breakable and is considerably lighter than her traditional ceramic serving pieces.

Aren’t these soooo cute❤️? I hope they taste as good as they look!

Happy Early Valentine’s Day❤️❤️❤️!


Dr. Julie

So for a Super Bowl party, follow the same instructions as above but instead of cutting out hearts, cut out footballs. Use the scraps to make the laces. They’re soooo fun even if your team doesn’t win!

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