Monday, March 19, 2012

Empanadas - Baked And Fried

One of the nice things about Mexican stuffed dishes, like these and chili rellenos, is that you can use about anything you like in them.  I’d seen empanada’s several times lately on various blogs and have been waiting for some pulled pork to make them – it showed up this last BBQ day.

As it turned out, we had some pie dough in the fridge needing to be used and when I asked Bev what size cookie cutters she had for it, she said “why not use our empanada maker” – we have an empanada maker?  I got them out and discovered we have one that's smaller than I wanted and one that’s larger than I wanted but I went with it. 

As a guide, I used Jenn’s recipe for Chorizo Empanadas over at Jenn’s Food Journey.  One of my criteria was to use some of the poblano peppers we’d roasted and frozen last fall and based somewhat upon my ABT’s my recipe became:

2 refrigerated pie crusts
6 poblano peppers, split, stemmed, and seeded
½ lb. pulled pork at room temperature, chopped to size of choice
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup onion - red and scallions, small chop
¼ cup multi colored sweet peppers, small diced
1 tbsp. butter, melted
3 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
½ cup shredded cheddar at room temperature
½ tsp. Head Country Seasoning
1 tsp. mustard
1 tsp. mayo

Cook the onion and sweet pepper until softened, add the garlic and cook until fragrant.  Stir in the meat just to warm it a little - makes it easier to mix in the cheeses.

Mix the last 5 ingredients in a separate bowl then mix with the meat mixture.

Use the bottom of the empanada maker to cut the dough then put it on top of the maker and brush the edges with water.  Lay in one poblano and top with the meat mixture - 1/3 cup for this 6” size.  this was the first one and I used 1/2 cup which squished out and cracked the crust - the left one on the plate.

  Use the maker to fold and seal.

For baked ones, brush both sides with butter and bake at 375* until crust is a golden brown.  We served it with a little jarred salsa.

We were too full to try the fried ones and saved them for St. Patrick's Day breakfast.  We nuked them for about 30 seconds to take the chill off, then deep fried at 365* until golden brown - about 5 minutes.
 
While the baked one was good and no doubt healthier, it wasn't in the same league with the fried one, so I'll cut my fat calories somewhere else.  It didn't need any sauce and the filling was killer, as I thought it would be.   For some reason my poblanos were unusually hot last year and no other heat was required - it lit my mouth up pretty good, partially because the ripe ones are always hotter.

This amount of meat mix and dough will make six 6" empanadas - I made five for reasons I won't go into.  The maker worked great and I will definitely use it again and try the smaller one for raviloi.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

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Larry

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10 comments:

  1. Hey, I have an empanada maker somewhere too!! I know I have one of those, I just don't know where!

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  2. Those sound fantastic, Larry! And I will agree with you.. fried taste so much better!! Now I want to make empanadas again!!!

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  3. You have an empanada maker? :) I've been seeing empanadas on blogs too and have been tempted. Thanks for the heads up about the fried vs baked. I'm sure I would have tried the healthy route first. And I agree, make up for those calories somewhere else.

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  4. Good one Larry - I love working with dough and this is so interesting. I've never seen an empanada maker but think it looks like fun! Have a wonderful Monday.

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  5. The camellia photo in your header is gorgeous, Larry. We aren't even near that stage yet. As a matter of fact, it's snowing right now. Love that empanada maker but I'm thinking fruit pies.

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  6. The empanada maker looks just like what we call a perogie maker, just a different size.

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  7. This sounds really good, Larry! I'll have to research about empanadas as I really don't know much about them but they have to be delicious! The flower in your header is fantastic!!!

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  8. I love empanadas Larry. Lucky you to have a empanada maker. I am so glad to see that the weather in our neck of the woods is so gorgeous. We will be heading back next week.

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  9. These are just perfection! I love them!

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  10. Wait....you have a empanada maker? ha ha, I loved that question when you dropped it in the post. I'm surprised at the tools I find in my kitchen drawers some times.

    I absolutely love the filling you used for this, Larry.

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