These wonderful pocket pastries have multiple incarnations among several cultures. Our Savory version are a recipe that is typical from Spain and the former colonies South America. Seasoned browned meat meets the sweetness of cumin raisins and the right touch of chopped olives. Look for pre- made pastry dough in the ethic section of the frozen food aisle or make 2 large ones with prepared pie crusts . Can’t find empanada rounds? Get frozen pizza dough and cut 12 equal squares. Stretch a tad to get a 5 inch square and follow recipe to make lovely triangle- shaped empanadas .ENJOY!
Ingredients ( for 1 dozen or two large pie crust size)
1 1/2 pound ground lean meat
1 large onion chopped
3 Tbls canola oil
1/4 cup of raisins soaked in 1/4 cup water
10 green olives, chopped
1 1/2 TBSP cumin
2 Hard Boiled eggs, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg beaten for wash
1 package empanada rounds or 2 pie crusts (*)
In a large skillet on medium high heat brown meat with cumin. Remove meat from pan, keep the drippings and add the oil and chopped onion. Cook till onions are translucent but not brown. Turn heat to low and add chopped olives, the raisins. stir in well. Turn off heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool, then gently add the chopped eggs.
Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take dough out of package and fill each round with 2 Tbsp of mixture. Moisten edges using your fingertip dipped in water. Fold each round in half and seal either by braiding the edges, by squeezing or pinching in a zig-zag fashion with your fingertips, or by pressing down with the prongs of a fork. Place pies on a baking sheet and brush on egg-wash.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or till edges are golden. Remove from oven , let sit for 5 minutes s and serve . Enjoy as part of a tapas display with a lovely Spaniard Tempranillo or an interesting Argentinean Malbec .
(*) please pay attention to ingredients for food allergies.
Can’t find empanada rounds? Get frozen pizza dough and cut 12 equal squares. Stretch a tad to get a 5 inch square and follow recipe to make lovely triangle- shaped empanadas . ENJOY!