Chorizo Empanadas

18 Aug

Here’s the recipe for the chorizo empanadas I made for the potluck. I based it off of Kitchen Wench’s recipe!

Crust:
– 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
– 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold butter, cubed
– 1 egg
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 beaten egg to brush on top
Using your fingertips, smush the cold butter into the salt and flour until it resembles bread crumbs. You may use more butter for a flakier crust but I try to cut down on saturated fats. Mix in the egg and milk until a dough forms. If sticky, you may add more flour. Separate into two disks, wrap in plastic wrap and fridge until ready to use. I was rushing and put it in the freezer.

Filling:
– 1 lb chorizo (Spanish pork sausage)
– 1 cup chopped bell pepper (I had 2 small ones from my garden)
– 1 small onion, chopped
– 2 jalapenos, finely diced (I had a green and red one from my garden)
– 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
– 1 tsp cumin
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 2 tsp brown sugar
– 4 tsp crushed tomatoes with sauce

empanadas fillings
Veggies and eggs.

empanadas chorizo
Raw chorizo.

Directions:
1. Squish the chorizo out from their casings into a large hot pan. Use wooden spoon or spatula to break sausage into small pieces while cooking. Cook until fully cooked.
2. Add bell peppers, jalapenos and onions. Cook until softened and onions are translucent.
3. Add spices, sugar and tomato sauce.
4. Stir in eggs and remove from heat.
5. Let filling cool down to room temperature before filling.

empanadas filling
Fuzzy picture of the filling.

Assembly:
1. Roll out dough on floured surface. Use a bowl or cup to cut out rounds.
2. Place some of the filling in the center of the round.
3. Fold round to encase filling in a half circle shape. Crimp together the edges.
4. Brush with beaten egg for browning in the oven.
5. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until tops are browned.

empanadas
Two different sized empanadas.

empanadas inside
The yummy goodness inside.

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3 Responses to “Chorizo Empanadas”

  1. Anna August 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    Oh, wow. Those look incredible. Well done!

  2. Connie September 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    I agree with Anna…. they look soooooooooooo good. I don’t eat pork anymore (read an article about pork meat, got grossed out and decided not to eat it anymore)..but I’m starting to salivate…I really miss eating chorizo.

  3. Stephanie Harbaugh October 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm #

    I love this Empanada. I also make it with tomato.

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