Haggy Housewifes Pork Empanadas : "Danish" dough filling recipes part one

Monday, April 22, 2013

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I’m all about convenience…

Pull out something from the freezer… pop it in the oven and TAADAA!! Dinner is done…

That becomes a challenge when you’ve sworn off processed food.

Dinner or snacks are thought about at least three hours ahead.. Actually… I figure out what I am making for dinner before breakfast… I usually don’t get around to start making it until almost 4 pm… I’m just that lazy..

If I were to take one day and spend it prepping my food for the week… I could have more time to procrastinate on other things.
This is why I like the Danish pastry dough…. You can make it one day… shove it in the freezer.. and when you have time you can assemble some filling… shape and then throw them back in the freezer for later.

These are almost a meal in themselves…
Pork empanadas… well… my version of empanadas…  

This… my favorite seasoning pack… when I make my taco seasoning… this gives it the ommmf you need… over fish.. rice…  and now empanadas.

Start frying that pork

I ran out of onions and garlic, so I used several tablespoons of dried onions

Goya seasonings…

Cream cheese

Done… try not to sample any… it makes it hard to stop once you get started.

Pastry dough rolled out… and cut

Fill and crimp edges

What happens when you use hot filling… it activates the yeast and you get a misshapen empanada…. Does it matter? I think not… Remember.. I make less than attractive food…

My hands became covered in the sauce… the dough was refusing to stay closed…  resulting in some pathetic looking pockets…

Baked… all good…  you are supposed to brush the outside with egg whites… I am really fresh out of excuses here…

Haggy Housewife's Pork Empanadas

    Pastry dough (2 sheets), thawed
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 packet Goya seasoning with annato (achiote)
    1 pound ground pork
    Salt and pepper to taste
    8 ounces cream cheese
    1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water


    Prepare the filling: Place a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in a medium skillet and cook the onion and garlic over medium heat until soft and fragrant.

    Add the ground pork, 1 packet of Goya seasoning, and cumin to the pork and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until pork is well browned.
    Remove from heat and stir in the cream cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Place one sheet of pastry on floured surface, and sprinkle with flour. Roll it out to about 12 by 18 inches
    Using a sharp round cutter (like a large biscuit cutter), cut about 8 rounds of dough, 3-4 inches in diameter.

    Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in each round. Dip a finger in water and run your finger around the edge of the circle of dough, then fold the dough in half to form a half moon shape over the filling. Seal edges firmly. Fold sealed edge over on itself and crimp to secure the seal.

    Place empanadas on a greased cookie sheet (or line cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper). Mix egg with one tablespoon of water and brush egg wash lightly over the empanadas, then place them in the oven to bake. Bake empanadas until they are puffy and golden brown, about 15 minutes.
    Empanadas can be filled and shaped, and then frozen until ready to bake. Remove from freezer, brush with egg wash, and place straight into the oven to bake.


Anonymous said...

Can't even say how yummy these things look. Drool all over my keyboard! so ok, take them out of the freezer and bake, have you tried a few already baked, then frozen, then heated up? That would make a great frozen dinner for ....
Mountain Mama

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