Thursday, May 7, 2009

Beef Empanadas

I promised to post my beef empanada recipe when I made them last Saturday. So, here it is. senyum

Pastry Dough:

* 2 cups flour
* 1 tsp. baking powder
* 1 tsp. salt
* 2 tbsp. sugar, white
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 5- 6 tbsp. ice water

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in 1/2 cup shortening and blend well. Sprinkle with ice water; stir with fork until mixture holds together.

Cover and chill for about an hour. It will keep for about 24 hours. (Makes about 12-13 empanadas.)

Ingredients for Filling:

* 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
* 2 tbsp. minced garlic
* 1/2 medium onion, sliced
* 1 lb. ground beef
* 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
* 1/2 cup green peas
* a dash of salt, pepper & thyme
* 1 stalk spring onions, chopped

Additional Filling:

* 4 eggs, boiled
* 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed


1. Heat oil, then sauté garlic and sliced onion until slightly browned.

2. Add beef and brown lightly. Add carrots, peas and stir occasionally. Adjust stove to low heat, cover pot for 10-15 minutes until cooked.

3. Season with salt, pepper and thyme according to preference. Add spring onions.

4. Mix well and set aside to cool.

5. Boil 4 eggs, cut into 4 pieces and prepare shredded cheese, if additional filling is desired.

Shape some pastry dough into a ball of about 1 & 1/2 - 2 inches in diameter.

Roll evenly on a lightly floured surface until disc is
about 4 & 1/2 - 5 inches wide and 1/8 inch thick layer.

Place about 2 tablespoons filling in one half of each round.
Add 1/4 sliced boiled egg and shredded cheese, if desired.

Fold the circle into a half-moon shape enclosing filling.
Press edges together with fingers, to seal.

Lightly wet the edges and trim.

Seal by pinching the edge between your thumb and index finger,
fold over to create a curled or grooved effect.

Or crimp edges by using a fork.

Pierce with fork or cut slits on top of each empanada to create vents.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

You can use the extra pastry dough to make "pillows".
I used bologna, salami and cheese on this one.

Roll and crimp edges.

Create vents on top.

YUMMY Beef Empanadas!

ENJOY! senyum


  1. Sounds gorg!!!! Will def try!
    Love the new blog background. did you take that yourself shutterbug?

    Linzi x x

  2. It's yummy!
    Thanks! Yes, I did. :D

  3. yummy! last time i had empanada was a few weeks ago sa province. it was sooo good, i ate three pieces consecutively. hehehehe...

  4. i want to try this..
    thanks for posting this

  5. These look amazing----I will definitely be making them!!

  6. Looks easy, I will try with chicken stuffings. :)

  7. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Also, I have a set of mold for easy shaping the empanadas that I bought a looong time ago. Very handy.

  8. Did you actually made this empanada? I am just a rookie when it comes to cooking, never tried baking though. But when I have free time and away from work, I tried my best to cook my own meal.

    Thanks for dropping by to my site last week (I had a busy days at work)

  9. You're welcome, guys! Enjoy!

    @ Explorer: Yes, I made them myself. It's easy once you have the recipe. Hope you'll give it a try. :)

  10. Yay, you have the patience to do that. Murag di ko kasugakod ana ka kuti Shey. Am in PI lang, not in CA. Naa koy blogging friend taga dumaguete naa pud diha sa CA. Kanang ni comment nimo karon si ebie. Gikan sa ako blog dagay siya kita nimo.

  11. I tried these last night and they were delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


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