Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Baked Beef Empanadas

These meat empanadas are really popular throughout South American countries and every country will have their own version. It is really popular in Argentina and you can find it everywhere. We tasted one of the best empanadas when Carlos and I went back to Argentina last year. Is just like our curry puff except theirs have so many varieties. They have beef, chicken, ham and cheese, spinach, tuna and even some sweet fillings in their empanadas. Empanadas can be bake or fried but I always like mine bake.

Is so easy to make these as you can find ready made empanadas wrappers in most supermarket. I found this Goya brand in Wegmans. As for the filling you can put anything you want.

Ingredients :

12-15 empanada wrappers
3 hard boiled eggs - quartered
1 egg - beaten to brush on the pastry

1 pound of ground beef (I used 95% lean)
1/2 cup of green olives -chopped
1/2 cup of raisins (optional)
1 onions - chopped
2 cloves of garlic - chopped
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp of paprika
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of oregano
1 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of chili powder
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp of sugar
salt and pepper to taste

1) Defrost the empanadas wrappers
2) Heat up oil and saute the onions and garlic until soft.
3) Add in ground beef and cook till is slightly brown
4) Add in all the rest of the spices and seasoning and cook until the meat is done
5) Add in olives and raisins and mix well and set aside to cool
6) Put about 1 1/2 tablespoon of meat at the middle of the wrapper and a slice of hard boil egg
7) Fold and close the edges with a fork or pleat the edges like curry puff
8) Brush the top of the empanadas with beaten egg and bake in a 400 degree F oven until golden brown.


Cat Cat said...

Can we make those empanadas and freeze some without baking them?
Your bake empanadas looks as good as those fried karipap in Malaysia.

aiyah nonya said...

Nice pictures. Looks like curry puff.
Drooling already.......

Can we use the frozen pastries instead ?

beachlover said...

Your empanadas aka kari pap look yummy lor!!It's the skin or wrap like wantan skin? ..I can find it in frozen section,right?.Nearby me have a South American supermarket.They sell everything for South American kitchen cooking.

I Cook4Fun said...

Cat, you can freeze the empanadas but make sure you bake it at a lower temperature so that the filling can bake all the way through

Nonya, is like our karipap. Yes you can use any kind of frozen pastry

Beachlover, I am sure you can find the pastry in the South Amercian store. Just look for it at the freezer section and is round in shape. I brand I bought is 'Goya'

PEARLY said...

sori havn't been around, not been very well that why , gosh you are gud , love all your recipe , make me hungry la .
your hubby also ang moo too ?
wow I will look throught all you post cos is so lovely like Aiyoh nyanyo she is gud cook too

wow ang moo can and malaysia also can you are NO1 xxxxxxx

I Cook4Fun said...

Pearly, paiseh paiseh..don't said like that. I just cook for family only. What to do. Kahwin angmoh so must learn to cook their food also :)If not they lari ;)

Sue Sue said...

Your r quite good in your photography skills yeah. Can compare with my photograher who did the food shot for me. hihihi...

Retno Prihadana said...

Hi! Your Empanadas look great and delicious like our Indonesian style Pastel.

PrincessJournals said...

one day. one day. id be able to make a good currypuff/karipap/empanadas. i tried making the filling once, terus masuk bakul sampah. *slap forehead*

Ms eNVy said...

Gert I tried to make currypuff/empanadas the other day .. my puffs just opened up like clams :-( so after tht day .. I decided I will not do them anymore .. like PJ maybe one day I will ..

I Cook4Fun said...

Sue, you want to hire me or not to take your food pictures ;)

Retno, I saw your pastel at your blog. Just like the empanadas

PJ & Envy, kalau first time buat tak jadi, do it again. Not all my food turn out good the first time but I will always do it again. Maybe is my stubborn nature. Mesti buat sampai dapat :)

Karen said...

OMG you make me want to fly back to Buenos Aires tomorrow!! :D

I Cook4Fun said...

Karen, I felt the same way too when I just came back from there. Dreaming of their empanadas :)

Little Inbox said...

I like the idea of adding hard boiled egg as of of the ingredients.