ok, straight into it, I'm not going to make you read paragraphs of my hopes, dreams, aspirations or thoughts about my version of empanadas. There are videos, which are linked, here's the ingredients, quickie method and then you can start making yours.
DOUGH (dump in a food processor, you can make it by hand if you don't have one)
2 cups all purpose flour
tsp baking powder
1/3 cup ice water mixed with an egg
Dump it all in the food processor, pulse till it's a dough, divide in two, wrap each half, toss in fridge or freezer till you want them. DONE :)
FILLING *this time it's beef, pepperoni and cheese but you can fill these with ANYTHING
a little oil for the pan
1 lb of ground beef
1 carrot, onion, celery, large garlic clove, chopped small
italian season blend or whatever herbs/spiced you love
aleppo pepper if you have any, gives a lovely flavor without too much heat
Throw it all in a frying pan, fry till the meat is brown and the veggies are a little soft and the tomato paste is brown. Add enough water to make a loose mixture. Cover and simmer about 20, leave to cool, throw in a bag in the fridge till you want it. Freezes great!! DONE
*shred some mozzarella cheese or whatever cheese you like, put in a ziplock and keep it in the fridge till you're ready.
Roll half the pastry on a lightly floured board, this stuff is super easy to deal with.
Cut into 6 inch circles, reroll and cut as you need. I get 4 from each half of dough with a little waste or I make smaller ones with the leftover pastry and filling.
Fill each round with some cheese and a scoop of the cold meat filling. I use a 2 inch ice cream scoop.
Fold each round and pinch closed. Either press with a fork to seal or go fancy and roll the edges.
Egg wash each empanada and bake on a parchment lined pan, Preheated 400 oven for 20 mins or so, until lightly browned and heated through, remember the filling is cooked.
EAT! or cool and freeze for another day if you can hide any from your family, or, preferably, just eat them... all!
Here's the links to the videos:
Empanada bake and the reveal
/thanks for your support, and enjoy!
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