TASTEful Recipe: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Baked Empanadas
My grandmother – Cuban born and raised – is the one who fed me the love to cook and taught me to share love, one meal at time. Although she’s been gone for 11 years now, she still inspires us with the memories of all her delicious meals she made. Recently, my mother found her old cookbooks, which had her original recipes. One of the recipes was the Empanada. Traditionally fried, I looked at ways I can alter the recipe for baking and still keeping the wonderful taste I knew to love. After several trials, this one finally received my mothers, husbands and my kids’ “seal of approval.” Give them a try and let me know if they get yours, too!
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 whole egg – slightly beaten
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon dry white wine – cooking wine
1 cup water – you may not use all the water
1 egg – whipped
Picadillo (Ground Beef) – Recipe below
Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and flour in a large shallow bowl, make a well in the middle.
Add eggs, dry white wine, olive oil and mix with large spoon, adding the water, little by little and mixing with hands until dough is formed. Do not over knead. Dough will be very sticky.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about one hour.
Take a small handful of a piece and roll out with rolling pin. Place 1 large Tablespoon of ground beef (or other filling) in the center and fold over dough.
Crimp with fork and cut around. Prick with fork in the middle to allow ventilation while baking.
Place on Baking Sheet. Brush with egg wash and bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Picadillo (Ground Beef)
1 pound ground beef – or Ground Turkey
4 cloves garlic
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/4 cup white cooking wine – vino seco
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper – or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt – or to taste
1/2 cup green olives, Goya – sliced
Cut onion in quarters and put in food processor with the garlic cloves. Mince (this translate into about 1 1/2 Cups of “Sofrito.”)
Sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Add Ground beef, mash into large frying pan and sprinkle with cumin, oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
Once meat is browned. Add Tomato sauce and wine. Let simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, add green olives. Let simmer another 5-10 minutes.