All Easy Recipes. Cook all that you can cook. Baked Meat - Filled Turnovers
(Empanadas De Horno)
What You Need:            (To Make: 12 to 14 turnovers)
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  • cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup water
  • pound boneless sirloin steak, cut into -inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons seedless raisins, soaked in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes and drained thoroughly
  • 1 teaspoon dried hontaka chili, seeded and crumbled, or 2 small pequin chilies, crumbled
  • teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon ground cumin seeds
  • teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pound plus 2 tablespoons butter, cut into -inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, each cut into 8 wedges lengthwise
  • 6 pitted green olives, quartered

  • How To Cook:
    1. First prepare the filling in the following fashion: In an 8- to 10-inch skillet, combine the onions, olive oil and cup water, and boil over high heat until the water is completely evaporated.

    2. Add the meat and cook, stirring constantly, until it is browned on all sides. Stir in the raisins, chili, paprika, cumin, salt and a few grindings of pepper. Set the filling aside.

    3. Preheat the oven to 400. To make the dough, combine the flour, salt and butter in a large bowl. Use your fingers to rub the flour and butter together until they blend 'and look like coarse meal. Pour the water over the mixture all at once and gather the dough into a compact ball.

    4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, making a rough circle about 1/8 inch thick. As you roll, lift up the dough from time to time and sprinkle a light dusting of flour under it to prevent the dough from sticking.

    5. With a cookie cutter 5 inches in diameter or an empty can of similar size, cut out 5-inch circles. (Or using a plate or saucer 5 inches in diameter as a pattern, cut out the circles with a knife or pastry wheel.) Gather the scraps of dough together into a ball and roll out again. Cut out similar 5-inch circles.

    6. Place about 1 tablespoons of the meat filling in the center of each circle, leaving at least inch of dough exposed around it. Top the filling with 1 piece of egg and 2 pieces of olive, and moisten the exposed dough with a finger dipped in water.

    7. Fold the empanada in half to form a crescent, and press the edges firmly together. Following the pictures opposite, shape the edges of the "empanadas".

    8. Arrange the finished "empanadas" on an ungreased baking sheet. If they must wait, cover them with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate them.

    9. Bake the "empanadas" on the baking sheet in the middle of the oven for 5 minutes, or until they are lightly browned. With a spatula, transfer them to a heated platter and serve at once.

    NOTE: If you prefer, "empanadas" can be made in a smaller size suitable for cocktail accompaniments. Cut the dough into 3-inch rounds, and allow about 1 teaspoon of filling for each "empanada".

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