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I like to try new recipes.
Hubby is a doll and doesn’t complain . . . you know . . . since they aren’t all winners.
I try them. Modify them. Love them. Hate them.
Last night I made empanadas for the first time. I altered some recipes that I found online here and here. Overall, pretty good. Not too difficult either.
I would make a few changes for sure, but I like the idea of empanadas. You can put anything in them. It’s sorta awesome.
So here is what I did. You can take this basic recipe and alter it any way you like. Neato, eh?
First, I cooked the ground beef on medium-high heat and drained the grease.
Then, I added one package of taco seasoning.
Next, I grated some cheese and mixed it in. I would add more cheese next time and maybe a little water.
Finally, I added a can of sweet corn. I would add black beans next time as well to increase the moisture.
While that sat on a warm burner, I moved onto making the shells or whatever you call ’em. Can’t you tell that I’m a professional chef?
Bisquick and boiling H20 baby. Easy peasy. I might fiddle with the crust. It cooked perfectly, but was a little bland and dry. I might try a pastry recipe or my calzone crust instead.
I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer to do the kneading for me. I love you, Kitchen Aid Mixer.
Then I rolled the dough into 6 balls, which I then rolled out flat.
I placed about 1/2 a cup of the ground beef mixture on each circle of dough, wet the edges of the dough with water and folded it over.
I used a fork to seal the edges (plus it looks pretty that way) and then baked it at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes.
Waa Laa! Empanadas.
I probably could have thinned out the crust and made 7 empanadas instead of 6, but I’ll have to wait until next time.