Savory Empanadas

May 12, 2011

Savory Empanadas

Empanadas are pastry turnovers that can be made savory or sweet. They're enormously popular all through Latin and South America and are so ubiquitous that there are as many recipes as there are cooks. Our Winter Compote of Fruit can be used as a filling for sweet empanadas, or use this delicious version of savory fillings. A terrific way to use up leftovers, too. To reduce the fat, use low fat margarine or olive oil instead of butter; and we suggest 7% fat ground beef.

This recipe makes 18 appetizer size or 8 large entrée size empanadas.

Savory Empanadas Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
2 onions, peeled and finely minced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
1 red pepper, seeded and finely minced
2-4 canned whole jalapeño peppers, seeded, drained, and minced
1/2 cup chopped black olives
1 cup prepared coffee
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (7%)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Brew the coffee and set aside. Mince the garlic, onions, red and jalapeño peppers, and olives.
In a large skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onions, garlic, and red pepper over very low heat only until they are limp, not brown. 
Add the jalapeño peppers, olives, and the coffee to the pan and continue to cook over a low heat until ingredients are incorporated. 
Add the ground beef and separate with a fork, so that it will be lightly browned along with the vegetables. 
Add salt and pepper and continue to cook until the liquid is nearly all evaporated.
Preheat oven to 400°F and prepare empanada dough (see recipe below). 
Cut the dough into rounds and add two tablespoons of the cooked mixture on one side and fold the plain size over, seal edges with fork tines and repeat, until the dough and mixture are used up. 
Place them on several ungreased baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 300°F and bake an additional 15 minutes. 
Serve hot - plain or with salsa, chutney, or yogurt.

Empanada Dough Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
6 tablespoons water

Use a medium-size mixing bowl to combine flour and salt. 
Cut in the shortening until the the mixture is in small pieces, the size of peas. 
Add a little water to moisten just slightly and form the dough into a ball. 
Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick and cut into 4 inch circles (or smaller if making appetizer sized empanadas) Lightly flour both sides of circles, then add filling and proceed to bake as described above.

Savory Empanadas Nutrtional Info:
(Calculated for a serving size of 1 appetizer size - 3.76 oz)
Calories 210
Calories from Fat 120
Total Fat 14g 21% Daily Value
Saturated Fat 4.5g 22% Daily Value
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30 mg 10% Daily Value
Sodium 255 mg 11% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrates 13g 5% Daily Value
Dietary Fiber < 1g 2% Daily Value
Sugars < 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A 6% Daily Value
Vitamin C 25% Daily Value
Calcium 2% Daily Value
Iron 6% Daily Value

Nutritional information for the recipe provided by The nutritional information supplied is to be used as a guideline only and will vary depending on the amount and variety of each ingredient used. This nutritional analysis assumes usage of 2.5 oz of canned jalapeño peppers.