Treat Dad to delicious and easy-to-make meals on Father’s Day. Make his morning a sweet treat with Creamy Pineapple & Coconut Empanadas. These yummy pastries are also great as dessert. For a flavorful lunch or dinner, try the Creamy Tequila Tomato Sauce over his favorite pasta or chicken dish.

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Creamy Pineapple & Coconut Empanadas

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Cooling Time: 15 mins

Makes 12 servings

1/2 cup NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened
1 cup pineapple, chopped in small pieces
3 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup hot water
12 (one 11.6-ounce packages) frozen store-bought empanada dough discs, defrosted
1 large egg, beaten

PREHEAT oven to 450° F. Grease large baking sheets.

COMBINE sweetened condensed milk and yogurt in a medium saucepan; heat over low heat. Add shredded coconut and pineapple.

COMBINE cornstarch and water in small bowl; stir to dissolve. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into the condensed milk mixture; stir frequently until combined. Increase heat to high; bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture has thickened (it will continue to thicken as it cools). Set aside to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

PLACE 1-1/2 heaping tablespoons of pineapple/coconut mixture in center of each empanada disc. Brush edges with egg; fold in half and crimp edges with fork to seal. Place empanadas on prepared baking sheets; brush with egg.

BAKE for 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

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Creamy Tequila Tomato Sauce

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins

Makes 6 to 8 servings

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1/4 cup tequila
1 teaspoon MAGGI® Granulated Chicken Flavor Tomato Bouillon
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 can (7.6 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® Media Crema
  Hot, cooked pasta

HEAT oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomato sauce, tequila, bouillon and chili powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Add media crema; heat for 30 seconds. Serve over pasta. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

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About Father’s Day:

The idea of a public Father’s Day holiday was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.
The first Father’s Day was announced and celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.
The necktie is the most common Father’s Day gift.
In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day with a presidential proclamation.
In 1972 President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made Father’s Day a permanent celebration every third Sunday in June.
Father’s Day is the fourth most popular card sending holiday in the world after Christmas, Valentine’s day and Mother’s day.
Father’s Day is not a modern invention. It was first celebrated by a Babylonian youth named Elmesu, who carved a father’s day card out of clay around 4,000 years ago. His special card was to wish his father good health and a long life.
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