April 01, 2011

Happy Empanada Friday!

It's still cold and snowing so I wanted to make some comfort food that reminds me of back home. With the twins having a cold and Valentina managing to get her finger stuck behind a door as Alejandra closed it...comfort food is a really good thing this Friday.I am hoping it is not a sign of my weekend or I'm skipping the food and hitting the mini-eggs with my partner in crime!
Ingredients for the empanadas con carne (with meat)
Masa (dough)
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups water, or as needed

Meat filling
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef -can use any kind of meat you like --cut into small pieces or thinly sliced
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon adobe
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup raisins - I always opt out off this because I don't like raisins and meat together.
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped -My husband hates boiled eggs so I never put this in and use olives instead
1 quart oil for frying, or as needed.
Directions for making the masa - In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Cut in shortening using a pastry blender, or pinching into small pieces using your fingers, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Use a fork to stir in water a few tablespoons at a time, until the mixture forms a ball. Pat into a ball, and flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour
Directions for the meat filling - Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender. Crumble in the beef, and season with salt, paprika, cumin and black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until beef is browned. Drain excess grease, and stir in the raisins and vinegar. Refrigerate until chilled, then stir in the hard-cooked eggs.
Form the dough into 2 inch balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball out into a thin circle. Spoon some of the meat mixture onto the center, then fold into half-moon shapes. Seal edges by pressing with your fingers.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C) .. Place one or two empanaditas into the fryer at a time. Cook for about 5 minutes, turning once to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels, and serve hot .
Or bake 15-20 minutes at 375F until tanned .
    Empanadas de queso- cheese empanadas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening or lard, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 16 ounces whole milk mozzarella, or other meltable cheese
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Directions - Mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar in a large bowl.
Gently mix the vegetable shortening into the flour.
Place the milk and water in a saucepan and heat until almost boiling. Stir the hot liquid into the four mixture. Add more water (1 tablespoon at a time) if mixture seems to dry and crumbly, or add more flour if mixture is too wet and sticky.
Knead dough gently until well mixed . 
Divide dough into 16 portions, and roll each piece into a ball. Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
Grate or finely chop cheese.
Roll each ball of dough into a 6-7 inch diameter circle. 
Place one ounce of cheese in the center of each dough circle.
Fold dough in half over the cheese to form a semicircle. Press down firmly along edges to seal. Roll edge inward over itself and press down again to seal.
Crimp edge decoratively with fork, pressing to seal.
Heat several inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a deep sided skillet, pot, or deep fat fryer. Fry empanadas in batches, turning at least once, until golden brown.
Drain empanadas on paper towels.
Empanadas can be kept warm in a 200 degree oven for up to 1 hour before serving. Serve warm. 
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MommyKuehner said...

These look so yummy!!! We love empanadas.

Thanks for visiting our blog. Look forward to following your blog too!

Hope you have a good weekend

Momma Teri said...

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you back at Mom to Bed by 8 soon!

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh! Those look amazing. Can you believe I've never eaten empanadas... in my entire life??? This situation needs to be rectified, STAT!

grown up rachel

Lala said...

Hi there!!!
Wow those look yummy!! I haven't had empanadas in such a long time. (I don't know how to make them either). Thanks for the recipe ;-)

Following you back from Social Parade. Have a wonderful weekend!!


Liz said...

Oh my goodness I am drooling! I love empanadas! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am happily following yours now!

John said...

You have a cute princess there. Thanks for visiting, now following your blog too.

AdventuresFrugalMom said...

new follower from blog hop. come visit mine http://adventuresfrugalmom.blogspot.com

Clavs said...

I am a little bit late for the friday blog hop, but I followed you anyway.
hope you could visit mine and follow as well. tnx!...

Deborah Ann said...

Hi! I'm on the blog hop trail. Hope you'll follow me back:



(This is the COOLEST blog I have ever seen!)

ardig said...

I am your newest follower from the Saturday Blog Hop! Cannot wait to read more! Hope to have you follow me back!

Kim said...

yum these look muy bueno!

Self Sagacity said...

Stopping by from Social Parade. New follower, love for you to swing by and follow back. Have a good weekend Thursday Two Questions

mmbear said...

New follower thru the Weekend Blog Hop! I am following thru GFC. I am really amazed at what you have done with this blog! I don't think I have seen anything quite like this. Where did you get the coffee cups with the Twitter and Facebook Initials in them? By blog is about tea, I love tea, and I have teacups here and there but never saw any that I could use for my buttons. Stop by when you can and see if you would like to follow me also. Thanks alot!


greeneyesco said...

Wow these look great.

Thanks for stopping by my website and I'm sure glad I stopped for this recipe!


Wicked Chef # 1 - Linds said...

Thank you for joining my site! My family always loves empanadas... delicious :) Can't wait to see what else you're cookin up http://www.memoirs-of-2-wicked-chefs.blogspot.com/

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BLOG HOPping around - I am now a follower of your blog, wont you also follow me?? ~KM
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