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Empanadas...

I'd like to dedicate this appetizer recipe to a good Argentine friend of mine, Ruben whose recovering from a 5-way heart by-pass. He spent a good part of his life traveling with his band (drummer) from one country to the next. ........ here's my take on the dish probably similar to one that's made from a South American region
 
 
 

 
Ingredients: Mint, Cilantro, Oregano, Culantro, Italian Parsley, Lime Leaves, Garlic, Onion, Shallot, Scallions, Jamaican Red Hab, Aji Venezolano Pepper, Eggs, Flour, Flour, Cream, Pepper, Salt, Ground Beef (85/15) Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Cumin, Golden Raisens, Paprika, Spanish Olives.
 

 
Blend the 1/2 cup of each Mint, Cilantro, Oregano, Italian Parsley, Culantro,  ,...Lime Leaves (3), Scallions (green parts only)  4 chopped green Aji Peppers along with 2 tbls of water. While blender is running drizzle in Olive Oil to a loose but blended sauce forms. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Set aside. ...Meanwhile, hard boil eggs...when cooled down, peel and chop. Set aside.
 

 
Brown the Ground Beef  (2lbs) in 2 tbls of Sunflower Oil, add  1 chopped onion, 6 minced Garlic Cloves,5 Red Habaneros, 2 tbl Cumin, 1 tbl Paprika, When the meat is browned remove pan from heat  Stir in Hard Boiled Eggs, 1/2  c of Golden Raisens,  1/2 c chopped Olives. Set aside
 

 
In a mixer cream 1 stick of unsalted Butter and 8oz Cream Cheese. Fold in and gradually mix 1.5 c Flour, 1 tsp Baking Soda, 1 tbl Sugar,  Remove dough when clumped together. Knead to combine and flatten into disc.
 

 
Place dough in the fridge for at least 30 min. ( I made 2 discs total).
 

 
The dough was removed from the fridge and rolled out to about 1/8" thick piece. I used a 4" cutting disc, then placed each piece in a tortilla press to get a thin uniform piece. A smell scoop was used for the filling and a brush of a beaten Egg was brushed on half the dough. Fold dough over and pinch/fold the edges. Fire up oven to 350. Brush tops of Empanadas with a mix of beated Egg and Cream.
 

 
Bake for 12 to 15 min.   ...(I should have used a regular size sheet pan)....over sized pans have there purpose, but even with a convection running its difficult to get an even bake with the lack of overall air circ.
 
 
 
The plating....Beef Empanadas with a slurry of Chimichurri............hmm..........where's the Malbec ?
 
Me too! ^^^ Looks delicious Greg! Hope Ruben is doing ok.

I think I should request Applebees to make those as my appetizer, next time I walk in the joint
:)
P.s Greg, I didnt know you were the next "Iron Chef"
 

The Hot Pepper

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Nice!
 
I also prefer baked over deep fried empanadas. Usually that is not the case is it? LOL. With empanadas, So much better. Flaky dough instead of brittle and greasy.
 
Actually deep fried are good, when done right.
 
Your picadillo looks AWESOME! Looks Cuban.
 
Get well soon Ruben!
 
"Empanadas Argentinas are always baked instead of fried." Just read that. Every country does it different. You did authentic ones.
 
The Hot Pepper said:
Nice!
 
I also prefer baked over deep fried empanadas. Usually that is not the case is it? LOL. With empanadas, So much better. Flaky dough instead of brittle and greasy.
 
Actually deep fried are good, when done right.
 
Your picadillo looks AWESOME! Looks Cuban.
 
Get well soon Ruben!
 
"Empanadas Argentinas are always baked instead of fried." Just read that. Every country does it different. You did authentic ones.
 
 
In all flaky-ness...
With a homemade dough the baked seem the route to go. There are store bought varieties in the frozen sections, I've used those in a pinch and they are better deep fried..........there's more ingredients on those labels then I can shake my reading glasses at...
 
Well done Greg, This one here and all of Gregs collection of eatery pics should go into the THP cook book.... Get well Ruben...
 
Deliscioso!!! I'm not sure I spelled that one correctly, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I'm going to try it for dinner this evening, all your wonderful photos make me so anxious to try Ruben's empanadas. Get well soon Ruben.
 
I love the tortilla press! It has been a long time since I did empanadas. Never made my own dough but this inspires me.
 
Outstanding and super chingon!
 
I agree with THP, that picodillo looks great.
 
I have that same tore tillah press, cast iron, really nice to have around for other stuff like empy's.
 

cone9

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Oh MY!
 
I gotta do this.  My wife will love these...and I'll get my share as well!
 
Thanks for the great primer.
 
cone9 said:
Oh MY!
 
I gotta do this.  My wife will love these...and I'll get my share as well!
 
Thanks for the great primer.
 
mrs. blues is picky about foody sheeit  but I'ma do this for her.
 
Baked.
 
Artisan style.
 
Like SoFlo.
 
Thanks for the comments !
Empanadas can be made with a wide range of ingredients depending on the country and region.
The hard boiled eggs, olives and raisens gave these a unique taste.

On more of an American "hangover" stand by food...I've made a version with ground beef, shredded cheese, diced hash brown potatoes and serrano peppers....freezes well. Just for those Sunday mornings after a late Saturday night.
 

The Hot Pepper

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The Cuban picadillo has olives and raisins also. Those look dynamite. Again.
 
It's really interesting to see make empanadas out of Argentina, and more extraordinary in USA. 
 
Here speaks an Argentine. I have to congratulate you because you have all done very well... The only thing you will put too many ingredients. Although not all bad. 
The original recipe does not carry mint, cilantro, coriander, Jamaican lime leaves either.(These spices here are not traditionally used.) The combination of many aromatic, can make very different to the original flavor. One can incorporate, but do not think so ... 
 
Throughout the country, in each region are made differently. I like them as you have made them, so my wife prepares. but not spicy, in my house I just like spicy. Then. I like to put tablespoons Taquera or Ranchera sauces "La Costeña", that is purchased here.
 
The mint and the lime leaves are the only thing that seem weird to me for this. Cilantro and culantro are so damn similar I'd just pick one. Same with the shallot and the onion. I'd pick the onion... less expensive.
 
Try some Empanadas de Camarones (shrimp) and/or some Empanadas de Cangrejo (crab) for your next batch, Pic.
 
As per norm a little late on this.  Hope your buddy is doing well.  Never had empanadas but your pics make them look very very good. Making me hungry.
 
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