Monday, April 12, 2010

Taco Empanadas

I saw this originally on Down Home with The Neely's on Food Network. I remembered that I had some taco meat in the freezer and viola! Dinner in a pinch! I'm including only the empanada part, you can use whatever meat mixture you'd like best. I left out the corn kernels from mine and they were still really good! I even had enough to freeze for snacks later!


Cornbread Dough:

* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 3 cups fine cornmeal
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 2 teaspoons kosher salt
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1 cup cold butter, cut in small cubes
* 2 eggs
* 2 tablespoons warm water
* 2 tablespoons lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons whole milk
* 1 tablespoons dehydrated lemon peel
* 1 cup roughly chopped corn kernels
* Water, for sealing
* Special equipment: 5-inch round cookie cutter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar and cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs and mix in the water, lemon juice, milk, lemon peel and corn. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and combine to form a soft and pliable dough. Knead the dough until fully mixed. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 5-inch rounds.

Fill each round with 1 to 2 tablespoons of meat filling. Fold the dough in half and dab the edges with water to seal. There should be a 1/2-inch of dough to work with to form the seal. For a tight seal, press with the tines of a fork all around the edge of the empanada. Transfer the empanadas to a lightly buttered baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.




11 comments:

teresa said...

oh yum, these sound amazing!

Kristen said...

I would love to try these (my hubby would be so impressed)

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Julie said...

My husband would be so happy with me if I made these for him. Definitely bookmarking!

Annie Hawkins said...

I have just tried your strawberry oat breakfast bars and I loved them. I added some nuts to it. It has been in my to do list for a while and now that the strawberries are so cheep, I made them. Thanks for your recipes, I enjoy them a lot

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cookies and cups said...

I have always wanted to make my own empanadas! These look great!

Kathleen said...

These sound fabulous. I love the cornmeal dough!

Elizabeth and Jared said...

oh wow! These look so comforting.

cookies and cups said...

I have always wanted to make empanadas! These sound great!

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