Empanadas

Empanadas 150 Image by: Empanadas 150 Author: Canadian Living

Smaller versions of these savoury stuffed pies from Spain and Latin American make ideal snacks for tapas-inspired parties.

  • Portion size 36 servings
  • Credits : Holiday Best: 2008 - on newsstands now!

Ingredients

  • Pate Brisee recipe
  • 1 egg yolk
Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 oz cured chorizo sausages cut into 1/4-inch (5 mm) cubes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced peeled potato
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz medium ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped pimento stuffed green olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander

Method

Filling: In nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown chorizo. Using slotted spoon, transfer to small bowl.

In same skillet, cook onion, potato, garlic, cumin, oregano and half of the salt over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add 3 tbsp (45 mL) water; cook until potatoes are slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in beef, cloves and remaining salt ; cook, breaking up meat with back of spoon until no longer pink, about 6 minutes.

Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, until darkened, about 1 minute. Stir in chorizo, olives and raisins; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in coriander.

Divide pastry in half. On lightly floured surface, roll out each half to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 2-3/4-inch (7 cm) round cutter, cut out circles, rerolling scraps.

Mix egg yolk with 2 tbsp (25 mL) water, lightly brush some over edge of each circle. Place about 1 tbsp (15 mL) beef mixture in centre; fold pastry over into semicircle. Press edges with fork to seal. With tip of knife, pierce top for vent hole.Place, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. (Make-ahead: Cover in plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes. Store in freezer bag for up to 1 week; bake frozen for 5 minutes longer.)

Brush egg wash over pastry. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool on rack.

Nutritional facts Per piece: about

  • Sodium 105 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 88.0
  • Total fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 24 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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