In Colombia, each region has its own staple of empanada, with different doughs, and fillings. This empanada recipe, is my “ideal” empanada. The region where I grew up has a very famous empanada shop called Rosmy Empanadas. They make a similar dough as shown below but fried. This weekend I was feeling like being away from the fryer, and I baked them instead and it turned out great.
The filling is ground beef with a bunch of spices. It is easy to make and with a lot of South American flavors. I had a great time making these empanadas and the results were fantastic. I hope you enjoy the process as well.
Once the beef is browned add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Let the mixture cook for a few more minutes.
Place the beef mixture in a bowl to cool.
While the beef is cool prepare the empanada dough,
Soften the butter and then mix with flour.
In the flour incorporate all ingredient starting with only a 1/4 cup of water
If the dough is still crumbly, add more water (a tbsp at a time) until soft and smooth.
Once the dough is formed and smooth, lay down some flour and roll out to 1/8 inch thick.
Now cut out a circle using a circle cutter, or empanada mold.
For adding the filling and closing the empanadas you can get creative, but a good video of this is – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPHe-xWEdjE . If you don’t want to watch the whole thing start at the 8:40-minute mark.