Cuban Empanadas, Cuban Meat Pies, Empandas Cubanas

Juliann Esquivel Recipe

By Juliann Esquivel Juliann

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This recipe for Cuban Empanadas is my own tweaked version. I took my Mother-in-laws recipe and changed it adding some non traditional ingredients such as A1-Steak sauce and some Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce. The results are delicious. I am sure when you taste them you will agree with me. They are over the top. Enjoy


3 c
1/2 tsp
10 Tbsp
chilled butter - diced
6 Tbsp
lard or vegetable shortening, such as crisco - diced
5 or 6 Tbsp
ice water
~~meat filling~~
1/4 c
olive oil
1/2 lb
ground chuck beef
1/2 lb
ground lean pork
1/2 large
sweet onion diced fine
1/2 large
sweet geen bell pepper diced fine
3 clove
fresh garlic put through a garlic press
12 large
green pitted olives diced small
1 small
kids size box of raisins,
3 Tbsp
tomatoe sauce
1 large
lime juiced
1 medium
red potatoe diced very small, tiny little cubes
2 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp
a1 steak sauce
1 tsp
dried oregano
1/2 tsp
ground cumin
1 Tbsp
garlic powder
3 Tbsp
good red table wine
1 small
packet goya sazon seasoning with culantro and achiote
2 Tbsp
1 tsp
salt or to suit your taste
1/2 tsp
ground black pepper
1/4 tsp
cayanne pepper
1 large
egg with a little milk for egg wash.

Directions Step-By-Step

The above dough recipe makes 10 empanadas. You may want to double the recipe to make 20 empanadas.
To make the dough: In a large bowl sift the flour and salt. Combine the butter and lard into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse meal or bread crumbs. Sprinkle with three tablespoons of the ice water, mix and form into a ball. If necessary add the remaining water to hold the dough together,to make it soft not sticky. Turn the dough out onto a floured flat surface and knead with the heal of the hand for 30 seconds to distribute the fat evenly. Form a ball dust with flour and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one hour before using. This dough will keep for refrigerated for up to three days or it can be frozen. While the dough is in the frig make your filling.
Filling: In a large skillet heat olive oil. Saute onions, green peppers, fresh garlic, until just wilted add the ground meats and cook over medium heat until the meat looses it's red color. With a large wooden spoon break up the meat as much as possible and continue to saute everything, Next add the diced olives, raisins, tiny diced potatoes, the wine, tomatoe sauce, lime juice, worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, and ketchup. Stir everything real real good. Now add the dry seasonings, garlic powder, oregano, cumin powder, packet of goya sazon seasoning, black pepper, salt, stir well making sure to incorporate all the seasonings. Taste to see if it has enough salt. Now cover mixture and lower the flame, cook for about a half hour. Do not add water. Every 10 minutes uncover, quickly stir and cover again. Make sure your flame is on low you do not want to scorch your meat filling. After 30 minutes uncover and check with a fork to see if the potatoes are tender. "Remember the potatoes should be diced in tiny little cubes for this dish". When all is cooked take a large mesh strainer and pour mixtue into the strainer over a large container. let the mixture strain real good. With a fork run through the mixture so all of the oil and grease that the meat rendered out gets strained out. Do not try to push on the mixture or you will mush up the little potatoes. After straining out the grease and any sauce keep in the strainer over a bowl while making the empanadas. Let the mixture cool it can be warm, before making the empanadas.
Now remove remove the dough from the frig and make 10 round little balls. Make sure they are all about the same size. Make the egg wash mix one egg with a little milk. On a lightly floured surface; roll out a little dough ball into an 8 inch circle. Carefully brush the outside edge of the dough withthe egg wash and place about 2 tablespoons of filling into one side. Fold the uncovered side over the filling, pressing out as much air as possible, then press the two edges firmly together. To completely seal the empanada press the edges together with the tines of a fork. Do all ten balls of dough like this. When all of the empanadas are made. You have two ways of cooking them.
You can fry each empanada in hot oil one at a time and drain on paper towels or you can bake in the oven as I have done with mine. I love my empanadas fried but because we are trying to cut down on the calories. I have opted to bake mine this time. I place my empanadas on a large parchment paper lined pan and bake about 16 minutes on 350 degrees. If you are going to bake I brush with an egg yolk that has been beaten with a teaspoon of water. I brush each one and proceed to bake. Enjoy.

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Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #meat, #empanada, #Cuban

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Lora DiGs ansky714
Oct 5, 2013
Juliann Esquivel Juliann
Feb 28, 2013
Hi Carla using plantains instead of raisins great idea. I am so glad to hear your family and you enjoyed the empanadas. Also I like the idea of using ready made pie crusts. Great way to cut and save time. I must rty using ready made pie crust one of these days. Love to hear when some one can scale down a recipe and still get great results. LOL
Carla O'Born Cocolicious
Feb 18, 2013
Also, I baked mine and they were delicious!
Carla O'Born Cocolicious
Feb 18, 2013
Hey Juliann! Wanted to let you know how much I loved your empanadas! I grew up in Miami and remembered how wonderful they were, so I was excited to find your recipe. I did change it a little by omitting raisins and adding plantains, and used ready made pie crusts. I made these for Valentines Day, as we were planning a picnic. The weather did not cooperate, so we had our picnic in the family room floor! Still romantic, and my man loved the pies!! I doubled the recipe which filled 3 boxes of pie crusts, each crust cut in quarters and rerolled for round (24). I even have a little left over! Oh, and my 3 yr. old granddaughter told me she loved my pies! Thank you!
Juliann Esquivel Juliann
Dec 21, 2011
Hi Sande that is fine except you have to keep your empanadas moist and not let them dry out before you bake them. Once you have made them cover them with a clean moist dish towel and check every so often to make sure they are not drying out. Then when you are ready to bake just pop into the oven. Thanks for trying my recipe good luck. LOL