Today I want to share with you a traditional family recipe. I was born in Chile, and for independence day (or any other holiday) families make empanadas. But these are not like other spanish empanadas. It's a very simple recipe with basic ingredients.
My friend asked me to make these for her son's 1st birthday party on Sunday. I made them once before at her house, in a spur-of-the-moment party. It's a pain when you have to make 60 of them like I did. But they are worth it.
- Bread dough (or something like this empanada dough recipe). If you can make the dough, it tastes even better. I didn't have time, so I used Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.
- Ground beef, cooked the way you like it
- Hard boiled eggs
- Cook ground beef, boil eggs and soak raisins (I didn't do this step in this particular recipe, but it would have helped. I'm just making the recipe up as I go!)
- Open crescent rolls and separate triangles
- Roll individual triangles into balls, roll them in flour and flatten with rolling pin
- Fill circle with cooked ground beef, a slice of hard boiled egg, and a few raisins
- Fold circle in half and press sides. I prepped them a few days in advance, and when it was time to cook I pressed the edges together with a fork.
- Cook empanadas at 350-375 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven when the bread is golden brown.
As you can see, I had some trouble with the dough in the first 3 empanadas. I tried filling them without rolling the dough into a ball. But after I realized I had to roll them and add more flour, they started to take shape. In the end, everyone enjoyed them, and they were gone the minute I brought them in!
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