Friday, March 18, 2016

Beef Empanada's

I wish I could show you some of these empanadas but they are gone.  POOF.  Vansihed. Why? I believe its the delicious factor.  This one pictured here is the only one left.  It is left because I could not fry it because of the hole it had in it.  It would have leaked all over.  So I baked it.  They are very good baked.  But they are amazing, over the top, fried.  

This is a great meal to make ahead.  You can prep everything ahead of time.  Right up to the frying or baking part.  Dough and filling should be made ahead so they are chilled.

Where do empanadas originate from?  Seems like the best answer is Portugal.  Read about them here at Wikipedia.

Recipe adapted from this recipe at the NY Times.

1 pound beef chuck, in 1/8-inch dice
Salt and pepper
Lard or olive oil, or a combination, for sautéing
1 cup diced onion
2 ounces diced chorizo
½ pound potatoes, peeled and diced
4 garlic cloves, mashed to a paste
½ teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons capers
¼ cup chopped pitted green olives

1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
2 ¼ cups sifted flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
½ cup cold butter – sliced
1 tablespoons cider or white vinegar
1/3 cup ice cold water 

egg wash:
Use this only if you are going to bake them.  It will give the empanadas a nice golden color.

1 egg
2 tablespoons water

For the dough: With a fork stir together egg and milk.  Set aside.  In a large bowl or in a food processor, mix flour and salt.  Add pieces of butter to the flour mixture. Process or mix until flour has become clumpy or mealy.  Add in wet ingredients all at once.  Gently stir just until combined.  Gather up the dough pressing it together so it is cohesive.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour. Better yet, overnight.

For the filling:  Saute onion until translucent.  Add in chorizo and potato, cooking until potatoes are tender.  Add in oregano, paprika, thyme and garlic.  Cook one minute.  Add in tomato paste and about a 1/2 cup water, scraping the bottom of the pan.  Remove from heat and add in olives and capers.  In a separate pan, cook beef.  Add the beef to the mixture.  Chill.

Make the empanadas:  Take a ping-pong ball sized amount (like, a 1/4 of a cup) and roll it out to about a 1/4 inch thickness.  Place filling in the center and fold the dough over it onto the other side. Be careful not to get the filling near the edges or it will not seal properly.  Crimp the edges. Place on greased sheet, brush on egg wash and bake in a preheated 350F oven.  Or fry in about a 1/2 inch of oil.  Make sure your oil is good and hot before you lay the empanadas in there.  If your oil is nice and hot it will not absorb as much oil.  Cook until golden.

1 comment:

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Lori,
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I adore Empanadas! I don't make them as often as I should. It's too bad you couldn't fry that last one but it's good for us because we get to see it!

Thank you so much for sharing, I'll be pinning this to my National Empanada Day Pinterest Board (which happens to be April 8th)