Serving size:  1 empanada

Makes:  about 12 empanadas

Dough Ingredients:

3 cups flour

Pinch of salt

1½ sticks butter

1 egg

4-5 tablespoons water

Directions:

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.

Filling Ingredients:

Chicken Diablo                

Beef Gaucho

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

Directions:

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

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