This weekend JonAbad and I made Empanaditas out of the Martha Stewart appetizer Handbook.
Oh so delicious.
empanaditas are essentially little pastries that are baked or fried. The dough is soft and flakey and they can be filled with all sorts of taste sensations from cheese, to jam, to beef. we, of course, went the meat route.
And that meat filling was a champ. it had diced tomatos, cinnamon, sugar, cumin, red pepper flakes, tomato juice, onions, and ginger in it. And it tasted delicious.
the dough was just butter, shortening, flour, salt, and water. There was an alarming amount of shortening and butter in the recipe.
The process was simple enough, and the results were top notch.
After the dough was formed, we cut it into circles and filled with the beef extrodinaire. Jon did a great job folding.
After they were all filled and sealed with some fork action, they were ready for the oven. **Note the speed action of the fork in the photo below. Oh so fast!
Ian was a fan.
The whole process took an hour or so from start to finish. While tasty, they were definintely appetizers. We made them as a meal, and it wasn’t quite filling enough. I suspect they would make a great party starter.
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