Serving size: 1 empanada
Makes: about 12 empanadas
3 cups flour
Pinch of salt
1½ sticks butter
4-5 tablespoons water
In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour and salt.
Add the butter, egg and water to form a lumpy dough. Thoroughly mix together the ingredients into a smooth dough. Form the dough into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll out the dough into a thin sheet and cut out discs using a 6 inch plate. Use the dough immediately or store in the refrigerator for later.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1-6oz chicken breast, diced ½ lb lean ground beef
1 bell pepper, diced 1 med onion, thinly sliced
1 small onion, diced 1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, diced 1 tablespoon Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon fresh basil, diced Pinch of Salt
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced Black pepper to taste
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
¾ cup fresh tomatoes, diced
Heat the oil in a heavy skillet. For each of the meat fillings, sauté the meat, vegetables, and spices until the meat is done, about 5-10 minutes. For the Diablo recipe, add the tomato and simmer until the mixture is blended and aromatic, about 2 minutes.
Putting it all together:
Place a spoonful of filling on each dough disc being careful not to over fill. This will make sealing the empanadas easier. With practice you learn just the right amount of filling to use and still make a good seal. Fold the disc and seal the edges with your fingers. Once the empanadas are sealed, use a fork to press the sealed edges together for an attractive appearance.
Bake the empanadas in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for about 18-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Exchanges per Serving:
1 Medium Meat, 1 Starch, 1 Vegetable, 2 Fats
Nutrients per Serving Chicken Diablo: Nutrients per Serving Beef Gaucho:
Calories: 253 Calories: 271
Calories from fat: 119 Calories from fat: 136
Total Fat: 13g Total Fat: 15g
Cholesterol: 54mg Cholesterol: 58mg
Sodium: 113 mg Sodium: 116 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 26g Total Carbohydrate: 25g
Dietary Fiber: 1g Dietary Fiber: 1g
Protein: 8g Protein: 8g