Saturday, September 11, 2010

Empanadas anyone?

Empanadas are delicious snacks or breakfast pastry treats. These delicious stuffed bread pastry's make an ideal treat if you are on the go.  You can find meat filled empanadas, cheese filled empanadas, fruit filled empanadas and even veggie filled empanadas. Empanadas are Spanish originated and I love them; especially with a nice cup of cafe con leche (coffee and steam milk).

Fresh baked empanadas
My biggest concern whenever I buy an empanada is that there is never has enough meat in it, so I decided to make my own empanada filled with just enough meat to my liking.

Recipe (10 Empanadas)

1lbs of turkey meet (ground)
1 package of Goya turnover pastry (can be found in frozen section at local supermarket)
1 egg
1 tablespoon of flour
1/4 cup cilantro (optional)
1/2 onion (diced)
1/2 green pepper (diced)
1/2 chicken bouillon cube (optional)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup of tomato sauce
1 tablespoon of Lowry seasoning salt
1 tablespoon of pepper
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In medium sized skillet add ground turkey, onions and peppers. Cook turky meat until browned, drain any excess fat then add tomato sauce, paste and season with seasoning salt. Sprinkle the pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. The meat will take on the color of tomato sauce. Sprinkle on bouillon cube and allow meat to cook then set aside once the sauce has thickened and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Using a large surface or cutting board, sprinkle on a little bit of flour and place pastry puff on board. I went over board with the flour. These pastries are small, just spoon the meat onto pastry and fold. I stuffed mine until they were full, lol. Seal pastry edges with fork by pressing down then prick the top of pastry with fork to allow air out while baking. In a small bowl, crack egg and separate egg yolk then brush empanada with egg yolk for color. Bake on cooking sheet until golden brown. 

Voila, delicious empanadas!


  1. Can you think of any substitutes for the turnover pastry? I'd love to try this recipe but i have limited options in german supermarkets. Thanks!

  2. Yes, here's the recipe.

    3 cups of flour
    1 tablespoon of salt
    2 cups of butter
    1 1/4 cup of water
    1 tablespoon of vinegar
    1 egg

    In a separate bowl, mix together the 3 cups of flour, salt and butter.
    Slowly mix the wet and dry ingredients with a fork until it becomes stiff.
    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it just until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth.
    Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to 12 hours.
    Prepare the work surface by lightly flouring the area where you plan to roll out the dough.

    This is the recipe, Let me know how it works out.

  3. Do you have a recipe for boudin? I've been searching for years all I get is sausage :/

  4. Hi. I apologize but I do not have a recipe for boudin.

  5. hey barbara u have an empanada recipe do u have a haitian patty recipe?