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Empana

Category: Snacks

Empana

Empanadas are meat pies popular throughout the Latin world. They probably originated in Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain. Spanish settlers introduced empanadas to the New World. The Aruban variety of fillings for empanadas includes stewlike mixtures of chicken, beef, ham and cheese, fish and seafood. read more

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 4 cups yellow corn-meal
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 cup sharp cheese, grated
  • 2 green plantains, boiled and mashed
  • 1 cup flour 3 tablespoons butter:
  • 1 lb. ground round steak
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, minced
  • 1 small green pepper, minced
  • 1 piece hot pepper minced or 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • 1 Tbs. Capers
  • 1 cup green olives, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

For the corn-meal crust, bring to a boil in the top of a double boiler but directly over the flame:
4 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. Salt

Slowly add:
4 cups yellow corn-meal
Blended with:
4 cups of cold water

Cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Place over boiling water and cook an additional ten minutes. Mixture will be very thick.

Remove from fire and add:
1 cup sharp cheese, grated
2 green plantains, boiled and mashed When mixture is cool enough to handle, knead well to blend the dough.

Add up to:
1 cup flour to make dough more pliable.

For the filling, sautee
3 tablespoons butter:
1 lb. ground round steak

When the meat is browned, add and simmer until reduced and almost dry:
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 medium onions, minced
1 small green pepper, minced
1 piece hot pepper minced or 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce

Add and mix well:
1 Tbs. Capers
1 cup green olives, chopped
1 cup raisins, chopped
1 tsp. Nutmeg
Salt and pepper

Spread three tablespoons of the corn meal in a circle on a damp cloth. Place one tablespoon filling on one half of the circle. Fold into a crescent and seal the edges with a fork. Fry in deep, hot fat until golden brown. Empanas may be prepared in advance and warmed in the oven just before serving.

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