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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Beef Empanadas

Empanadas are one of Argentina's signature foods. They are based on a round flour base, or shell, and filled with various things, from beef to seafood, vegetables and fruit. Empanadas can be baked or fried. These are my personal favorites: Mom's Beef Empanadas.

Ingredients for 50 Empanadas: 50 Empanada bases, 1 kg ground beef, one large onion, one large red bell pepper, green olives without the stones, ketchup, salt, black pepper, ground red pepper, baharat (a mixture of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg).

Implements: Large, thick-bottomed pan.

Time: 1 hour

Serves: 5-7

1. Dice the pepper, onion and olives. Heat oil in a large pan and fry onion until golden. Add pepper and stir, leave for a couple of minutes, then add the ground beef. Stir well until all the beef is broken apart and make sure no chunks form.

2. Add ketchup and stir. Generously mix in the ground red pepper and baharat, then add the olives. Stir some more and leave for a few minutes on low heat. Optional: add some chopped hard-boiled eggs.

3. Let the filling cool before filling the shells. The empanada shells can be bought ready made and frozen (preferable) or prepared at home (too much work to my taste). Arrange the shells in rows on the work area, fill and close them by folding them in half and twisting the edge, then place on a baking tray.

4. Brush Empanadas with egg and put in a hot oven (250 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes - until golden. Serve hot.

Recommended drink: a light beer or soft drinks.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

your not supposed to put ketchup...i hate ppl that act like they know what they are doing.

Ariel Barnatan said...

ketchup is an acceptable way of adding flavour and sweetness to a recipe. this is how i make empanadas, and they come out delicious - feel free to substitute any ingredients to fit your taste :)

Kristen said...

Thank you for your wonderful quick and easy empanada recipe! The ingredients are simple and easy to find and your step by step instructions made empanada making easy for this novice.

AV said...

Ketchup OMG!

Who came up with such a recipe wrecking idea?

God, if you want to add flavour put more spices for christ's sake!

Ariel Barnatan said...

AV: the recipe wrecking idea is my mom's, and it's been working great so far. as long as it tastes great (and it does, as many of my friends will agree) i don't agree with your description.

again, feel free to substitute ketchup with any condiment you prefer - this is how i make the filling.

Anonymous said...

No way.. Yo soy argentino y asi no.. Do yo eat it with Ketchup? Trust me use lemon istead of ketchup.. Is much better. robertoamontero@hotmail.com