Apr 082014

empanadasApril 8th is National Empanada Day.

Empanadas are stuffed bread or pastries that are baked or fried. The filling may be savory or sweet.

They originated in the regions of Galicia, Portugal and León, first appearing in medieval Iberia during the time of the Moorish invasions.

Empanadas are believed to be derived from the Indian meat-filled pies, samosas. Nowadays, they can be found most places with each country having there own spin on this pastry.

The town of Famaillá in the Tucumán Province, Argentina hosts a National Empanada Festival every year in September.

Make it Empanda Night!
BBQ Chicken Empanadas
Cherry Cheesecake Empanadas

Empanada Dough
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 large egg
1/3 cup ice water
1 teaspoon white vinegar

Sift flour and salt together. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
Beat egg with water and vinegar. Add to the flour and mix until just incorporated.
Turn out onto a floured surface and gently knead until dough comes together and is smooth.
Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but no more than 24 hours.

To use roll dough out as thin as possible. Cut out circles, the size is up to you. Place some of the filling on one half of the round then pull the other half over it. Take a fork and crimp the edges to seal it closed.

To Bake: place empanadas on a light greased baking sheet about an inch apart. Brush tops of pastry with egg wash. Bake in a preheated 350Foven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

To Fry: Deep fry in vegetable oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels
makes about 10, 6-inch empanadas

BBQ Chicken Empanada Filling
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1/2 cup BBQ sauce or to taste

Heat oil in a skillet. Add onion and saute until soft and slighted browned. Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken and saute to heat chicken. Add BBQ sauce and toss to coat.

Cherry Cheesecake Empanada Filling
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 cup cherries, pitted and chopped

Combine all the ingredients. You can sprinkle the top of pastries with sugar before baking or after frying. Substitute any fruit you like or chocolate chips!

Celebrate with goodies from Zazzle

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