Empanadas Recipe

Empanadas is a very good recipe to have around , so you prepare for all occasions. Empanada recipe also called pastel and pate is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried recipe. The name empanada comes from the Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around stuffing, which usually consists of a variety of meat, cheese, huitlacoche, vegetables or fruits, among others.

The great thing about having an empanada recipe is that you can prepare and eat anytime of the day. Another great ideal you can stuff them with a tofu or egg and cheese, then scramble for breakfast. You can even do all kinds of desserts with them. This is a very versatile item to have around the kitchen. Try this empanadas recipe and let me know how much you enjoy this versatile item. This and many more recipes will be coming very soon.

Ingredients:

Filling:

1/2 pound beef, coarsely chopped

1/2 pound pork, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 small clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped raw apple

3/4 cup chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup raisins

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

dash ground cinnamon

dash ground cloves

1/4 cup almonds, chopped

Pastry:

4 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/4 teaspoons salt

1-1/3 cups lard or shortening

2/3 cup icy cold water

Directions:

1. For filling, cook beef and pork together in large skillet until well browned. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is soft. Add remaining ingredients, except almonds, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Stir in almonds. Let mixture cool.

3. For pastry, mix flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in lard until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle water over flour mixture, stirring lightly with a fork until all dry ingredients hold together. Divide dough in 4 portions.

4. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness.

5. Cut 5-inch rounds of pastry with a knife. Place a rounded spoonful of filling in center of each round. Fold and seal each round by dampening inside edges of pastry and pressing together with tines of fork.

6. Place empanadas on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Or fry in fat for deep frying heated to 365 degrees F. until browned (about 3 minutes); turn once.

Servings: 24 to 30 Empanadas

Prep. Time: 1 Hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 35 minutes

Bake Time: About 30 to 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour 50 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes

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