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Empanada Recipe


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Make the empanada dough.
Rolling out dough for empanadas
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In this example, I show you how to make Pizza Empanadas. The empanada dough is simple to make. Follow this recipe:


  • 3 cups flour (plus a little more for kneading)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • Directions
    In a bowl, beat the water, egg, egg white and vinegar together. Set aside.

    In a separate bowl, mix together the 3 cups of flour and salt.

    Cut the shortening into the flour mix with a pastry blender or two butter knives. Make a well in the center of the flour mix and pour the liquid ingredients from the first bowl into the center.

    Mix the wet and dry ingredients with a fork until it becomes stiff.

    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it just until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth.

    Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but never more than 24 hours.

    Prepare the work surface by lightly flouring the area where you plan to roll out the dough.

    Tip: If you want to keep the dough longer than 24 hours, you can freeze it.

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