Thursday, October 9, 2008

(The Overdue) EMPANADA

It's been weeks since my friend Rogelyn's birthday bash at the office ~ same time I promised to post her very special empanada recipe, as well. The delay was caused by too much work but don't worry, here's the recipe. Now I haven't tried this one yet, but over the weekend I plan to. Why don't you and I try it at the same time and compare notes, huh?



For the Filling:
Carrots, cubed
Potatoes, cubed
Green peas
Cheddar cheese
3 pieces chicken breast fillets, boiled in salt and ground pepper)
Oyster sauce (this is the secret ingredient)

For the Dough:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/4 butter (melted)
1/4 cup water


Empanada Filling:

1. Sauté garlic and onion.
2. Add cubed carrots, potatoes, and the green peas. Mix well.
3. Shred the chicken breasts into small pieces and add to the mixed vegetables. 4. Season with oyster sauce.
5. Add raisins and cubed cheddar cheese.
6. Let stay in the fridge for at least 3 days. (Roge says the longer the filling stays in the fridge, the better it tastes.)

Empanada Dough:

1. Mix the flour, white sugar,and baking powder in a bowl.
2. Beat the eggs and add the water and melted butter.
3. Knead until dough is smooth and satiny.
4. Cut into 20 equal portions.
5. Roll out dough into perfect (if possible) rounds, about 3.5 - 4 inches in diameter each.
6. Place a generous amount of filling in the center. Fold in half, forming a half-moon.
7. Crimp around the edge of the empanada.
8. Fry in deep hot oil. Be sure to drain out excess fat!

The recipe is, admittedly, a bit labor-intensive. Roge says she even cuts the raisins into halves! But you needn't do that, really. Just follow the instructions as faithfully as you can and I can guarantee, you'll make mouth-watering empanadas just the way Roge does. ;-)

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