3 delectable empanada recipes to make at homeMarch 31, 2017
The word empanada comes from the Spanish word for ‘to roll in bread’ – ’empanadar’. An empanada is a tasty dish made of dough filled with delicious stuffing and then fried. Every empanada recipe on this list is made from a basic dough, stuffed in a different way. Make your empanada dough by mixing two parts flour to one part butter with a pinch of salt. Beat in an egg then add a splash of milk or water to create a smooth dough. Roll the dough out, fill it with the filling of your choice, fold it over and fry to make empanadas.
Classic beef empanada recipe.
A basic beef empanada recipe involves mixing some cooked ground beef with minced onions, some smoked paprika and finely chopped cooked potatoes, carrots and a little fresh chilli. Cook the beef and the vegetables separately before mixing them together with the spices. Garlic salt is the magic ingredient in this recipe as it adds spice and kick – mix it in with the ground beef when you are cooking it for the first time.
Protein packed Galician empanadas
Though the original version originated in Galicia, this Spanish empanada recipe is served all though Latin America too. Take your dough and fill it with a mix of lightly cooked chopped green peppers, lightly cooked chopped onion, some grated garlic and a chopped fresh chilli. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and then mix in some protein – tuna tastes delicious straight from the can but you can also add beef or make this into a chicken empanada recipe. There are plenty of regional variations such as empanada chilena, from Chile.
Enjoy a slightly sweet Filipino empanada
The traditional Filipino empanada recipe contains cooked, finely chopped or pulled chicken meat combined with chopped sweet potatoes (again cooked until they have started to soften), sweet garden peas, diced carrots and raisins. Additional flavor is added thanks to the addition of soy sauce and oyster sauce. This recipe can also be made with the addition of pulled or minced pork, another common ingredient in filipino dishes.
Which empanada will you try first?
All of these recipes are so tasty, and they can easily be adapted to suit your tastes. A vegan version can be made by using egg replacer and soy milk in the dough, and then seitan or simply lots of vegetables in the filling. Here’s one final hot tip: many cooks add olive oil to their empanada dough to give it richness and a smooth, silky, stretchy texture. Visiting or living in Melbourne? Try the tasty recipes here: