Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Empanadas

Following_RecipeSMALLER   It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers. So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is EMPANADAS!

Empanadas are a little bit of work for a lot of fun and flavor. But so worth it! Who doesn’t like little meat or fruit pies? I think they can be just as good eaten cold for lunch, depending on the ingredients you use. I personally don’t like cold beans but a meat, onion and red pepper empanada is a nice alternative to a sandwich.

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!

Karen

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EMPANADAS
[Makes 10]

DOUGH:

2 cups flour
½ tsp. salt
2/3 cup shortening
6 T. water (approximate)

SAVORY FILLING OPTIONS:

1 lb. browned/cooked meat (beef, chorizo, chicken, pork)
1 diced onion
1 diced green or red bell pepper
1 can black/red/pinto beans
Salt & pepper to taste

SWEET FILLING OPTIONS:

About 2½ cups fresh fruit (apples, raisins, blueberries, pitted cherries, etc.)
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar

Make dough: Mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas. Add a small amount of water to slightly moisten. Form dough into a ball. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick and cut into 4-inch circles. Lightly flour both sides of the circles.

NOTE: If you don’t have a professional pastry cutter, you can use two table knives and “cut” (crisscross) the flour and shortening together.

To make savory filling: Brown beef, green or red peppers, and onions together. Drain excess fat. Mix beans into the meat mixture and cook until hot.

To make sweet filling: In a saucepan, mix fruit, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Heat over medium heat until hot, thoroughly mixing.

Place large spoonful of filling in the center of a round circle. Place another circle on top and pinch edges together with a fork. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes.

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