Friday, January 28, 2011

Empanadas de Carne #2

Here I go again, trying another recipe for empanada dough. I searched the internet and finally decided that this recipe would afford me my next adventure, but as usual, I had to make small adjustments. Here are the ingredients I used for the dough... and by the way, the dough turned out really tasty and flaky.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1-2 tsp sugar
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 cup water
1 egg yolk

1 egg for wash

Mix your dry ingredients with the butter and shortening using a pastry cutter or two butter knives, until fairly well blended. Form a well. Whisk the egg yolk with the water, and drop into the center of your flour mixture. Use a fork to first blend it together and then your hands to knead it into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Separate your dough to form about a ten small balls. Sprinkle a work station with flour and roll out the individual balls into a circular shape about the thickness of pie crust. (I left my shape ragged because I was lazy and I knew how to fold them to make them look like they were round, but if you want to make them perfect you can use an empty coffee can to form the circle).  Pour about a tablespoon of your filling in the center and fold the dough over. Pinch and fold the edge together (there are many videos on how to do this, search "how to fold an empanada") or just use a fork to press the edges together. Place your empanadas on  a cookie sheet (I put parchment paper on the sheet) and brush the tops with an egg wash. Bake at 350F until golden brown. (about 25 minutes).*

*Please note that this dough recipe turned out great for baking, but I did not test it for frying, so I cannot give an opinion on what the results would be.

I made a simple meat filling for these:

1 1/4 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt
olive oil
1 cup water

Coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil and Saute your onions, pepper and garlic. Add the browned ground beef, the water and spices and let simmer for about 15 minutes on low heat. Easy, huh?


  1. So how does this dough compare to the oil based dough that I showed you? I may try this one too :D

  2. Oh yes, I'm using your recipe! We love empanadas, and your filling looks really good. I like that it doesn't have raisins in it. I also like the way you rolled the dough in balls first, it makes sense!

  3. Nathan, everyone seemed to like this one better. When I made the oil based one it turned out a little dry and that may have been my fault, but this one turned out very well.

    Lyndsey, I've been looking for shortcuts to making these, and rolling it into small balls gives you a pretty decent shape that doesn't really need trimming.

  4. I saw this recently on TV:

    I love empanadas of all kinds and am giving thought to trying to make them. Truth be told, living in Florida give me opportunity to have little meat pies from Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, etc. so I've been lazy about making them myself.

  5. bkhuna, interesting that the clip was filmed in Chicago because I'm two hours south of the city and I can tell you that empanadas are a novelty here. No one is familiar with them, no one has ever eaten one, they have never heard the word and certainly cannot even pronounce it.

    Having lived in Miami most of my life, I never had to make them either, so I'm relatively new at it, but it's so much better when you know exactly what you're putting in them and making them from scratch.

  6. Maybe, the oil one's end up tender for me, n flakey I jus do equal water and equal oil, salted the paprika, when those boil just add flour ass needed, maybe too much flour makes it dry? idk

    I'm excited to make these when my arm get's better because it looks like the one's from "portos bakery" and seem to have a good crumb :)

  7. I'm so excited to try this recipe! And!!! So excited that it's baked not fried!! Yum!

  8. Give me an empanada de carne and an ice cold malta anytime! Did you also say guayaba con queso??? LOL. XOXOXOXOX

  9. Omg! Those look absolutely awesome, Ivonne! I'll have to keep that receta for next time.