Empanada (empanadas) is originally a Latin savory stuffed pastry inherited by the Filipinos many years ago. To this date, the recipe remains extremely popular and can be found in any market. The fillings are homemade, yet easy to make. A variety of meat can be substituted in this recipe such as chicken or beef. The taste of the filling is almost similar to Menudo or Giniling. This Filipino dish can be either baked or deep fried.
Making empanada can be a little bit stressful especially the dough part. Remember the dough is not the same with making bread. If your dough consistency turns a little bit flaky, then it is fine. You can also add some sugar if you want sweet dough. The size of the wrapper is optional and depends on your preferences as well. If you had a hard time on your first attempt, leave us a message and were here to help you. Make your empanada today. Let us know the outcome.
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- 1/2 kilo ground pork
- 1 small carrot finely chopped
- 1/2 cup green peas
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 small potatoes diced
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooking oil
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 stick cold butter (1/2 cup), slice in cubes
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 raw egg
- 1/4 cup ice water
- 1/2 tsp salt
For egg wash:
- 1 fresh egg beaten
- 1 tbsp. fresh milk
- Servings: 5
- Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Level: Advanced
- Cuisine: Filipino, Spanish
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- For dough: In a mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Add butter and mix using fork or finger tips until pea size like. In a separate bowl, whisk vinegar, egg, and cold water. Pour into the flour mixture little by little and mix together using your hands until the mixture turns dough like. Make into a circular shape and cover with plastic wrapper. Allow to sit in the fridge for 1 hour. Make a golf ball size shape and flatten by using the palm of your hand. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Use a wide-mouth bowl as a pattern for a nice round shape about 4 inch diameter. Cut off the extra edges using a pizza cuter or knife. Set aside.
- For filling: Heat cooking oil in pan. Saute onion and garlic. Add ground pork and saute until golden brown. Place in chopped carrots and potatoes. Stir and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, add the green peas, raisins, and potatoes. Season with soy sauce, pepper and salt. Stir and simmer, until the vegetables, are cooked. Allow to cool and set aside.
- Preparation: Scoop up a spoonful of the filling and place in it into the center of the dough. Fold it edge to the edge and seal the edges by using a fork or by twisting the edges. Place them on a baking tray with a baking sheet and brush the inside circle with an egg wash (a simple combination of egg and milk). Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for at least 20 minutes or until crust is light brown. Alternatively, deep fry until both side are brown. Drain excess oil and serve. Enjoy!