This is María, my host mother, teaching me how to correctly fold up these Argentine delicacies.This recipe is changed depending on the tastes of the family. Essentially this is the basic outline that is adjusted to taste:
Empanadas de Carne
- Ground beef
- Onions, diced
- Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped
- Raisins, white raisins are the more traditional (los pasos)
- 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika (pimenton dulce)
- 1/2 tsp. cumin (comino)
- Salt to taste.
- * I would add black pepper to adjust it a bit more to the American palate. Argentines usually use exclusively white pepper and they don't like spicy food. I often times add pepper so that it tastes seasoned to me. It's not 100% Argentine, but I know I have purchased them before at different places with pepper in the meat mixture.
- **Pizza spice (espica pizza) This is something she only adds sometimes. I think if I were substituting I would whip out a mix of oregano, basil, and seasoned salt.
Since this is a recipe many people cook here, the seasonings are always adjusted to taste. I suggest that you experiment with this to find a spice mixture that's appealing to you.
Let mixture cool until its warm and fill in empanada shells. I don't have a recipe for them now, but I will be getting one of them soon :-D
Here is a close up of the folding process. You'll see how important it is to pinch the dough to seal the empanada following up with creasing the empanada with this scalloped edge.You can substitute chicken breast for the ground beef. If you do this I suggest cooking the chicken breast in a little water and with chopped peppers (red or green). Remove the peppers and allow chicken breasts to cool. Shred the chicken breasts with a fork, and follow the same recipe for the traditional "carne" empanadas.