After scouring different recipes, I found an empanada dough recipe from here. The recipe for the meat mixture looked good, but didn't fit into my fridge cleaning plan. As for the dough, I would recommend reducing the flour by 1/2 cup. you can add it later, but I ended up adding a lot of extra water to get most of it incorporated. For a larger empanada, take a 2 inch ball and roll it out into a circle. This will make a hot pocket sized empanada. For an appetizer type, roll out the dough very thin and use a 3" cookie cutter to cut small circles. Fill with a rounded teaspoon of meat mixture. For both, moisten the edges with water or egg and then use a fork to push the pastry together. I've used a pie crust before, but this was better.
Now for the meat mixture:
2 - 2 1/2 lbs. cooked hamburger
1/2 roll of cooked sausage
1 large shredded carrot
1 finely diced stalk of celery
3 - 4 cups of good quailty pasta sauce or fire roasted diced tomatoes
8 ounces goat cheese
- In a pan, cook shredded carrot and finely diced celery until soft (around 8 minutes).
- Add cooked beef and sausage and stir.
- Add 2 cups of the sauce.
- Crumble goat cheese and add to the pan. Stir it in until melted.
- If the meat mixture is very dry, add more sauce. The mixture should not be runny, but everything should be well coated with the sauce/cheese mixture. My sauce was very thick and took at least 3 cups.
- Cool mixture.
- Take your empanada dough an begin to roll out your pieces. Each piece should be very thin. If I had a pasta maker, I would have rolled the dough through it to give my arms a break!
- Fill each with the meat mixture and seal. Poke a vent hole in the top.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-18 minutes depending on the size of the empanada.
- Any uncooked leftovers can be frozen for later use.
This is a great recipe. You can change the meat mixture or use chicken or pork. Anything would work as long as you don't fill it with a lot of liquid.
P.S. Sorry for not having a picture. After I ate the first one, I didn't even remember to pull out the camera!