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Empanadas

When I was in Spain I discovered empanadas and I couldn't get enough of them. They have a delicious, sometimes spicy and colourful filling but the best thing about them is the flavour of sherry and olive oil in the pastry. Try the recipe here and you'll see what I mean.

Empanadas
Photo: Marina Oliphant

Ingredients

Filling

2 tbsp olive oil

1 red and 1 yellow capsicum, deseeded and sliced

1 onion, sliced

1/2 a chorizo sausage, chopped into small pieces

1/2 cup frozen peas

2 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped

2 tbsp chopped parsley

salt and pepper

Pastry

1 cup plain flour

1 cup self-raising flour

pinch salt

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup dry sherry

Method

For the pastry

In a bowl, combine the flours and salt and pour in most of the olive oil and sherry. Using a wooden spoon or your hands, work the pastry so it comes together. You may need to add all the oil and sherry, depending on the flour.

Turn the mixture out onto a bench and knead lightly until you can form a ball. The pastry will feel quite wet and is not to be overworked - its crumbly texture relies on a light hand. Leave to rest in the fridge for 15 minutes but not much longer.

Empanadas
Photo: Fiona Morris

For the filling

Heat oil in a pan and cook the capsicum and onion until soft and lightly coloured. Add the chorizo and cook for a few minutes, then add the peas. Cook for five minutes, remove from heat. Add the eggs and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Leave to cool.

To assemble

Heat oven to 180C.

Take about 70g of pastry and roll out to about half a centimetre. Place a small tablespoon of the mixture on one side, brush the edges with a little egg wash and fold over. Press the edges with a fork or the back of a spoon and brush each pastry with the egg wash. Repeat with the rest of the mixture and pastry.

Place the empanadas on a tray and bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.

To serve 

These are delicious hot or cold.

Cuisine:
South American
Course:
Lunch
Occasion:
Children's Party, Kids' cooking, Midweek dinner

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