Monday, May 2, 2011

Beef Empanadas

Dough made in a food processor is something that I've seen on TV, but never tried on my own. After watching Rick Bayless make empanadas on America's Test Kitchen, I've been wanting to make them for myself. You can watch here

These were brought to a dinner party with many positive responses on Sunday. The recipe is actually a mash-up from 2 different sources.

The dough recipe came from Bitmann's "How to cook everything" mentioned several times before on my blog. I decided to go with this dough recipe since I didn't want to deep fry my empanadas. 

Empanada Dough

2 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup lard or vegetable oil
Less than 1/2 cup cold water

1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in food processor for 5 seconds.

2. Add oil while food processor is spinning. Mix for 10 seconds.

3. Slowly add water until dough forms a ball. Do not add too much water as dough is supposed to be on the drier side. 

4. Remove from food processor. Knead for 1 minute and let rest for at least 20 minutes in a bowl covered with a damp towel. 

5. Knead dough again for 1 minute after rest period. Cut into 12 equal pieces and roll out on floured surface to a diameter of 6 inches. 

The recipe for the filling can be found here. Since a friend did not eat green bell peppers or cilantro, I left out the cilantro and substituted bell peppers with mushrooms. I also followed the advice of some reviewers and added some Sazon seasoning. 

6. Put a few tablespoons of filling in the middle of the circle and wet edge with water. Seal tightly and fold with a "rope" pattern. 

7. Bake in 450 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

8. Enjoy hot or serve at room temperature. 

Of course you can put any combination of fillings - meat or veggie - that you'd like. These can be put in the freezer and saved for rainy days when you don't feel like cooking. They are also really good on-the-go snacks that you can grab and eat on your way out the door.

Have an adventurous Monday. :)

1 comment:

  1. wow, YUM! jenny, i recently started reading your blog and you can be assured i'll be back to read all the OLD stuff too once i'm married and settled down and have time to do it! keke :)