- 1 package of the (white) flour discs, I get the GOYA ones (This will make 10) *DEFROSTED*
- 2 Tbsp. Sofrito (recipe below)
- Adobo Powder (I also use the Goya one, Goya should sponsor me already right?! lol)
- Small can of plain tomato sauce
- 1 lb. Ground Meat (you can actually use beef, turkey chicken etc.)
- Vegetable Oil (we use this to fry them)
- Combine yellow onions, green AND red peppers, Cilantro and garlic in a food processor until its a very fine texture. ---Yes, it IS that simple ;)
- In a skillet, brown the meat and drain out any excess fat that may be lingering there
- Return the cooked meat to the pan and add in the 2-3 tablespoons of sofrito (I like mine VERY flavorful so I add 2.5 tablespoons to 3 sometimes :) Then sprinkle with adobo to taste and add your small can of tomato sauce.
- Turn the flame back on to low heat and let it simmer for another 15 mins.
- While this meat mixture is cooling off, start heating your oil (to 325 degrees)--this can take a little while so be patient :) I always stick a spoon in and see if it sizzles to tell if it's hot.
- While the oil is heating begin preparing your empanadas for frying. This means adding 2 Tbsp. or so of the meat mixture to the center of the flour disco. Fold it into a half moon shape and seal the sides by pressing down a fork and making a pretty little design at the same time :)
- After sealing them front and back (this assures that nothing leaks out!) Set them aside until your oil is heated, once this is so, place 3 or 4 (depending on the size of your pan) at a time in. Once you see one side golden brown, flip them over.
- Once you can see that both sides have cooked evenly, place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil and YOU ARE DONE!
**In mine I added a tiny slice of cheese to make them meat and cheese, you do this during the "stuffing process". You can do this easily to any of the other versions as well! **
If you aren't afraid of a little spice, top them off with some hot sauce while you are eating, it is truly superb!
Here are some photos of "empanada day":
If you decide to make these, let me know how they come out :)
These may not be the healthiest (fried foods), but as a treat, they are just perfect. I have another recipe to come that is healthier no worries for my healthy readers :)