Saturday, September 8, 2007

Beef Empanada

1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped yellow onion
8 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups potatoes, cut to very small cubes
2 cups sweet peas
1 cup raisins
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of ground oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons olive oil
5 six-inches empanada dough (prepared earlier from 3 cups of flour).

In medium-high heat, brown onions with olive oil in a pan for 2 minutes until transparent. Add the garlic and brown for another 2 minutes. Add the ground beef and mix until cooked. Add 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Add diced potatoes, sweet peas, and raisins. Add the bay leaf and ground oregano. Season with remaining 2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Simmer for 5 more minutes covered in medium-low heat. Remove cover and set aside to cool.

Filling the Empanada:
Lay one five-inch empanada dough on a plastic sheet or wax paper. Fill the center with 1 1/2 tablespoons of cooled beef empanada filling. Pull the dough from the back towards the front until they overlap each other covering the beef mixture. Press on the edges to close and seal the empanada. With the back of a fork, crimp and seal the edges of the half-round empanada together. Store in one gallon ziplocks in the freezer for one hour before cooking. Freeze the rest for future use.

Baking the Empanada:
Brush each empanada on top with egg yolk.Prick or insert the tip of a fork at three points on top of empanada for steam to come out when cooking. Arrange empanadas on greased or wax- lined cookie sheet. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes.
Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Kitchen Tested 9/08/2007
*Edited by author 02/01/2011

How To Make Empanada Dough

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar (granulated)
3/4 cup cold butter (sliced into pieces)
1/2 cup cold milk
1 egg plus 1 egg white
1 teaspoon vinegar (white)

Put 3 cups of flour in a food processor and add 1 tsp salt and 1 teaspoon sugar. Pulse 4 or 5 times to mix them. If you do not have a food processor, use a bowl and do it manually by mixing with a rubber spatula.

Add 1/2 cup butter into the flour mixture and pulse until they mix together in a food processor.  If you are doing it manually in a bowl, use two table knives to cut the butter into the flour, or you can even use your fingers to blend them together.

Whisk together 1 egg, 1 egg white, 1/2 cup cold milk, and 1 teaspoon vinegar in another bowl and pour slowly into the flour mixture.

If you're doing it manually in a bowl, make a well in the center and pour liquid mixture slowly until flour sticks together and form into a ball of dough.

Knead the ball of dough on a clean surface lightly sprinkled with flour for about 8 minutes until it becomes smooth.

Wrap the dough in a  plastic food wrap  and refrigerate for about one hour. After one hour, use dough immediately. If not, put in the freezer for future use.

* Makes about 24 four" empanaditas
*Edited by author 05/14/2011

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