I love empanadas. Thats about it with that, I just love them. I had my first empanada at a Playschool celebration with my eldest daughter, it was a potluck. I brought zucchini bread, one mother brought a perfectly Elmo decorated two tier homemade cake, only later I found out she was a professional baker. Lots of ethnic food there from the various cultures that came everyday to expose their children to a school type day. Finally, a tray of tiny meat and potato empanadas. They were absolutely delicious! I got the urge to make them again when I was doing my Pierogi challenge, and made a pork and apple filling. Though it was good in the pierogi, I thought it would be killer in an empanada. Why I have yet to make them? Well honestly… I don’t know! I’ve had a lot go on in the last few years, between moving twice, broken ankles, and the children I haven’t done a lot of things. Today I was motivated. Today I worked out for an hour, I cleaned, and I made empanadas. Veni, Vidi, Vici.
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cup all purpose white flour
- 1/2 cup cold salted butter, cut in to cubes
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup ice cold water
- 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
I know that doesn’t sound like your basic traditional empanada dough, but I vowed to be healthier this year. So I bought the whole wheat flour. I admit, I bleeped it this time. I used all whole wheat flour and it did NOT come out tasting very good, dough wise. Mixed on the inside with the pork it tasted better, but I also didn’t roll it out as thin as I should have. I think splitting the quantity with regular all purpose flour would have made it MUCH better. I used salted butter because, well, it was on sale for $1.00. Because it is salted, I omitted all salt from the recipe. I used 2 eggs, because I found it wasn’t binding as well with the whole wheat flour. Balsamic vinegar? I’m out of regular. Its raining, i’m not going to the store now!
Pork and Apple Filling
- 1 lbs spicy italian sausage
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 apple, cored, peeled and chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 an onion, chopped finely
You will mostly likely have leftover empanada filling. Do whatever you want with it! I just ate it with a spoon.
So all in all, I didn’t do very well at this. I know my mistakes though, and I have done it properly before. Whole wheat flour threw me off my game, but i’ll be prepared next time.