EMPANADA Recipe

Empanada is always a favorite: they’re savory and the crust is thin, flaky, and so delicious.

Here’s a very simple recipe of Empanada that you can try.

Shell:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup ice water

Filling:

  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled
  • 2 cups cooked beef, chopped
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Hard Boiled Egg – quartered

METHOD

To make the filling:

Sauté onions and garlic in hot oil until translucent. Add meat and sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; add the stock and remaining ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes.

To make the shell:

1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Cut the shortening into the flour and work it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

2. Sprinkle dough with just enough ice water so that it will just hold together. Knead together briefly and allow to rest, cover for about 10 minutes.

3. Roll dough out on a lightly floured board and cut into circles – about 3 to 4 inches in diameter.

To Assemble:

1. Place a spoonful of empanada filling of your choice on one side of the circle. Add a slice of hard boiled egg.

2. Moisten the edges of the circle with a small amount of water and fold the dough over the filling to make a half circle. Press the edges together to seal.

3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.


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