When it comes to food, I'm always up for anything. The other day my rommate's Mom prepared what I'd been craving for years: Chilean Empanadas.
They're from Chile, but have been living in Puerto Rico and the US for most of their lives. I'm glad for that, otherwise I wouldn't have met my Bestfriend and we wouldn't be living together now.
Other than the culinary benefits I get from our different nationalities, I've been also exposed to a different culture. From food, customs, manners and way of living, everything is different. The only thing we have in common is the language: Spanish. But even some words are different.
I hope you make these Empanadas and enjoy them as much as I did. I may have eaten three...
We used prepared dough, already shaped. Goya is the best brand. If you want to prepare it yourself, click here for the recipe.) The dough was meant for frying but it worked perfectly for baking as well. We think it's because it has more fat. Dough meant for baking turns out flakier, but this one was crispier.
Folding is very easy. Just fill the center with meat, make a half moon, fold one side, then fold the other and fold the top. It should be square, not round. But it tastes delicious no matter what shape.
- Empanada dough
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chile powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped olives
- 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Salt and Pepper
-Cook the beef with the chopped onions, salt, pepper, raisins,paprika, chili and cumin, in a little oil. Then let it come to room temperature.
-Fill the empanada dough as shown in the picture above, put two whole olives on top of the beef and a slice of hard boiled egg.
-Beat the egg and milk together. With a pastry brush apply some of the mixture on the edges of the dough. Fold the dough as shown in the picture above. Making a half moon, the start folding the sides and finish with the top. Make it square, instead of the traditional round shape. Brush a bit more of the egg and milk mixture. Place it on a baking dish and prepare the rest.
-Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
-I like to serve them with fresh parsley and onion on the side.