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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Empanadas are a wonderful Shabbat food. They transport and share easily. You can fill them with whatever you have on hand. And they are good warmed (in a crock) or served at room temp. They make great snacky food if you are grazing with an open "buffet" like we often like to do. They are easy to make, but take a little extra time. I have a turnover set which really makes them look gorgeous (professional), but you don't need one. You can cut circles in the dough with a larger size can and crimp the edge with a fork too. Everyone LOVES empanadas! You can make tasty desserts by filling the crust with sweets too! :-)

In the food processor put -

1 1/2 C wheat flour

1/2C fine cornmeal

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

  • Mix well.

  • While the machine is running, add 1/2C Olive Oil (I use grapeseed if it is a sweet empanadas) and process about 10-20 seconds.

  • Then slowly add approximately 1/2C COLD water, just enough for the mixture to form a ball, that starts twirling around the machine.

  • Turn off the mixer and dump the dough out. Gather any pieces together and need for a couple of minutes until the dough is smooth and glossy.

  • Divide into 12 equal size balls and cover and let rest for 20 minutes. ( I clean up or mix another batch as it is resting.)

  • Roll out the balls, into a circle and fill with whatever sounds delicious, fold over and seal the out side of the crescents.

  • Put on a baking sheet and bake at 450F for about 20 minutes until golden.

Filling Tips: If using meat..I always precook my meat first. If using hard veggies that take a while to cook those are best precooked too. Empanadas are a great way to put a creative twist on left over casseroles, roasts, meats, rice dishes, you name it! If you have leftovers earlier in the week - you can put them in some empanandas the next day and you have one of your Shabbat meals already taken care of before prepday even arrives! Beans and cheese are an old time favorite as are (cooked) spinach and feta cheese. Broccoli and cheese, or a southwestern mix with corn is very tasty. Even garlic or cheesy mashed potatoes are a crowd pleaser (Like perogies). Sweet potatoes are also good. Roasted veggies, Sloppy Joe or BBQ filling or hamburger and diced pineapple are yummy. If you want to use raw veggies that take longer to cook, consider grating them first. Tuna and cheese is also tasty. Pizza fixens are good. The options are endless.

Empanadas freeze well for great "quick meals" any day of the week. (Bake them then freeze.) You can bake them right from frozen.

If you want to give them that pretty shine, just give them a little egg wash before they go in the oven. :-)



DawnJ said...

Thank YOU! I've *always* wondered what emanadas were!! Where have they been all my life!??

I'll let you know how they go soon!!

Again, MANY thanks for sharing all that you do! Girls are making muffins right now as I type!

Happy! dawn

Lori-Dawn said...

Excited to make these for Shabbat!!! SOOO yummy!

monica said...

Great recipe! I am always looking for ways to stretch food and these would be perfect for left overs!

Thank You!

rjcmj said...

This looks wonderful! I will definitely try the Empanadas!

DawnJ said...

I've been wanting to make these EVER SINCE I MET YOU! :) We had an overflow from our 'mexican feast' last week and it made excellent fillings for our first attempt!

Oh boy, All I can say is: THANK YOU again! We loved them! I thought it was cute how the girls asked 'which one did YOU get?' ... and they asked for the leftover to bfast the next day! Have been asking for them EVERY day since then!
I can't wait to surprise them with a SWEET one rather than the savory... Thank yoU!