Thursday, September 27, 2012


I planned to make these a lot earlier in the month but things kept coming up...board review, a spur of the moment dinner with friends, working in the peds ER...but K and I finally made them.  So glad she enjoys cooking...such a good helper! 
 Patri of the blog, Asi Son Los Cosas, was our September 2012 Daring Bakers’ hostess and she decided to tempt us with one of her family’s favorite recipes for Empanadas! We were given two dough recipes to choose from and encouraged to fill our Empanadas as creatively as we wished!  I decided to fill them with ground turkey mixed with corn, tomato sauce and cheese, seasoned with cumin (YUM!). 
I used less of this in my empanadas and added zucchini and squash.  K called them different things throughout the night.  First it was spinado.  Then it was impanato.  Cute either way!  She finally decided that she liked it.  D initially wasn't sure because I think he expected it to taste more Tex-Mex than it did...but then said that he liked it. 

Turns out these make great leftovers to take to work.  :-)  We both felt that they were a little to "bready" but I think that can be attributed to the fact that I used the wheat recipe AND didn't have a rolling pin at D's house to I used a spaghetti-o's can wrapped in foil to roll it out.  Innovation I tell you!  ;-)  A fun challenge that I'm glad I got to do.

Empanada Dough

(a recipe using wheat flour from “La Empanada Gallega”)

Servings: 6


3½ cups (500 gm) all-purpose (plain) or bread flour
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
½ cup less 1 tablespoon (100 ml) of liquid fat (oil, margarine, lard)
1 satchel (1 tablespoon) (15 gm) dry yeast or (1 oz) (30 gm) fresh yeast
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
1 teaspoon (3 gm) sweet paprika


  1. Shift the flour into a bowl, make a well in the middle and add all the ingredients (you should break the fresh yeast as much as possible).
  2. Mix with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients have been incorporated
  3. Turn dough onto your counter and knead for 8 minutes
  4. Make a ball and allow to rise covered with a cloth for about half an hour before using. 
  5. Once risen, turn the dough back into a floured counter and tear off in small pieces (I got eight).
  6. Roll each piece out to desired size
  7. Place about 1/4 cup filling on each and top with a little cheese.  
  8. Pull edges of dough over filling in the middle and roll closed.  Then work your way out to the ends until it is completely closed around the filling.
  9. Place empanadas on a baking sheet and place into a preheated 350 degree oven.  Bake for 20-25 minutes. 
1 pound ground turkey (Probably used about 1/2 of this eventually)
1 can corn
1 can tomato sauce

Cook turkey.  Then allow to cool.  Mix together turkey, corn, sauce and add cumin (about 1 tsp).  Fill empanadas.


What's for dessert? said...

Great job on the challenge!

shelley c. said...

I love your "impanado" "spinado" creations :) And your helper is great!! :) Really wonderful job.

Korena said...

I like your daughter's choice of head gear for helping in the kitchen ;) And very creative of you with the improvised rolling pin! Your empanadas sounds great.

Tamara said...

love your little asistant, great job!

Renata said...

Your girl is so adorable! She must have had a lot of fun in the kitchen :o)

UFRV said...

Even if you weren't able to roll it thin enough, they look good! And your little kitchen helper is so cute!


The Backyard Baker said...

Great job on the challenge !!!
Cheers !!

Ruth Ellis said...

Love the rolling pin innovation! They look delicious - and love the cooking attire chosen by your little kitchen helper :-)