Recipe: Bake Your Own Empanadas

EmpanadasToday is National Empanada Day! Courtesy of, we have a delicious empanada recipe. Remember, you can always substitute the pork for whatever meat or vegetable you like.

What you need:

4 cups flour
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup water

For the Filling

1/2 kg ground pork
4 potatoes, diced
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup lard
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon msg
1 chopped onion
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 cup boiled minced garbanzo beans
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper

What to do:
Mix beaten eggs, water, salt and sugar and mix well.

Add this to the flour and knead well until very smooth.

Let rest for 10-15 minutes.

Roll on board slightly dusted with cornstarch until very thin.

With pork lard brush surface thoroughly.

Start rolling tightly as jelly roll.

Cut very fine around 2 mm.

Set aside.

On the same dough, pinch a portion and make as many as the ojadre (the rolled one) put the ojadre on top of the small ones, brush with melted lard, cover with banan leaf as thin as posible to a round form.

Put 1 tbsp filling in the center, put 1 sliced of hard boiled eggs, form the empanada, as turnover, flute the edges and fry in deep hot fat until golden brown.

To prepare filling: heat lard, add garlic, onions and ground pork.

Cook for a while.

Add diced potatoes and all the ingredients, cook until all ingredients are tender.

Season to taste.

Add 4 tbsp flour, stir very welll until all ingredients have blended.

Let cook until ready to enjoy!

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