We can finally go outside – let’s make empanadas!
Prep:15 m
Cook:40 m
Total:55 m
Servings:6
Cuisine:Argentine 🇦🇷
Course:Starter Lunch Snack

We can finally go outside – let’s make empanadas!

Evelina

  

Offtopic moment first: do you say: Argentine or Argentinian? Or maybe Argentinean? One of the mysteries of the world this is…

Lives are getting better and better: quarantine is getting less strict, our routine goes back to normal, and the weather isn’t too bad, either. However, it’s too cold for me to go on a cold soup diet, yet that doesn’t mean we should ignore the picnic season. That’s why today I’m kindly offering you a recipe of a true picnic star that’s delicious (and comfortable to eat!), both hot and cold.

While empanadas come from Chile and Argentina, I think each country has a version of their own. You could stuff them with anything you like, but classic remains classic, so today I’m serving beef. Anything you find in your freezer is fine.

Many recipes suggest using mince, but I find it much more delicious with slow-cooked chopped meat. There are many recipes for the shell, too – this time, I used frozen puff pastry (without yeast), because, frankly, I couldn’t be bothered. The outside was dry, but the inside came out very juicy. I’d say – perfect for a picnic, as you won’t get your hands dirty!

Ingredients:

  • frozen puff pastry;
  • beef for stews (no need to waste a good chunk on this – we’ll be cooking it for hours anyway);
  • onion;
  • a few garlic cloves;
  • flour (for rolling the dough);
  • bay leaves;
  • allspice;
  • butter or oil for cooking

Steps:

  1. Fill a pot with water. Add meat, bay leaves, and allspice. At this point, I wouldn’t suggest going overboard with the salt – the water will evaporate, and you might find yourself with an overly salty filling. Cook for a couple of hours, until most of the water is gone.
  2. Pan-fry the onion and garlic.
  3. Finely chop the beef. Add it to the pan with onions and garlic, pour over the broth from the pot and cook, until you have no liquid left.
  4. Prepare the dough according to the instructions.
  5. Shape the empanadas as you like.
  6. Bake in an oven at 180 C. 30 minutes should be enough.
  7. Wrap your empanadas, grab a blanket, and let’s meet at the park!

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