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Empanadas - PuertoRican Meat Pies Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Amanda Martinez

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Dough:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 c peanut or vegetable oil
1 c warm water
1/2 tsp annato seed (optional for color)

Filling:

1 lb. browned ground beef or cooked shredded chicken
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/8 c. chopped fresh cilantro
1/8 c. sliced green olives
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4-1/2 jalapeno, minced (optional)
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1 pkg. Goya Sazon with annato

For cooking:

1 cup vegetable oil for frying.

Directions:
Directions:
DOUGH:

1. Combine all the dry ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer; add all wet ingredients. Mix for about 3 minutes until well combined. Dough will form.
2. Remove dough and knead for about 3 minutes, let sit wrapped in plastic-wrap for another 15 minutes.
3. Divide into 12 pieces, then roll into 4 inch circles.

FILLING:

1. Brown ground beef (drain excess grease), or sauté shredded chicken in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
2. Add all the ingredients and cook for an additional 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

Let cool.

COOKING:

1. Preheat the vegetable oil in a frying pan at about a medium temperature.
2. Place about 2 tablespoons of the filling in the dough and seal the edges with a fork.
3. Deep fry for about 5 minutes on each side, then place on dish lined with paper-towels.

Press another layer of paper towels over the top.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
12
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Chicken thighs or ground turkey can be substituted for ground meat. You can prepare these and freeze them uncooked.

 

 

 

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