Chilebrown at home

Sunday, April 20, 2008


It was a beautiful day today. It was clear and bright. The weather is supposed to get a little nippy tonight. What a good excuse to fire up the Beehive Oven. (Like I need an excuse). I have had a hankerin to make Empanada's. This is something I have not tried to make. I followed a simple recipe for the dough and winged it for the filling. The nice thing about Empanada's is, you can fill them with about almost anything but Tofu. (YUK!)

2 cups flour
1 cup finely ground corn meal
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teasp salt
1/2 teasp baking powder

Mix the flour, cornmeal, shortening, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Use your finger to pinch the dry ingredients into the shortening until they begin to combine. Then add water 1 tablespoon at a time and knead the mixture until a dough forms. Knead for an additional 2 minutes. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

1/2 pound sausage
1/2 pound shoulder bacon
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1/8 cup Green Chile Powder
1/2 tsp cumin
salt & pepper

Brown the Sausage and bacon in a skillet. Add your onions and garlic and cook for another 4 minutes. Add the spices and 1/2 cup of water. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Cool and reserve.

Take your dough out of refrigerator and form into 10 balls. Roll the ball into a small flat circle. Take 1 1/2 tablespoon of your filling and place on dough. Fold over and crimp the edges together. Take a fork and dimple the edges. Bake at 400 degrees for aprox 30 minutes or until crust is golden.

These turned out great. The next time I make them I will omit the cornmeal and add an extra cup of flour. Serve them with some Salsa. Enjoy!


cookiecrumb said...

I've been in an empanadas mood myself. Thanks for the encouragement. They seem so easy!

Andrew said...

Looks great-I pretty much stick to frying empanadas since I didn't like how they turned out when I baked them, but this likes pretty tasty.
Pulled pork is also a great filling.

meathenge said...

I had hamburger helper. And I'll bet your dinner cost less.