Thursday, September 27, 2012

Daring Cooks: Empanadas

Patri of the blog, Asi Son Los Cosas, was our September 2012 Daring Bakers’ hostess and she decided to tempt us with one of her family’s favorite recipes for Empanadas! We were given two dough recipes to choose from and encouraged to fill our Empanadas as creatively as we wished!

I have been very busy as of late and I notice that I have missed at least two challenges.  Well time to get back into it.  I will post a picture at the end of the post of what has been keeping me so busy this past month.

When I first heard that we were making Empanadas I thought of small pies that you can pick up and eat filled with beef.  The Empanadas that Patri showed us were a bit different than that.  For one it was much larger - not a single serving size like I was used to.  She also introduced us to many different fillings - some with fish, ham, or beef.

I decided to make a beef filling since I knew that is what my family would like.  I used Patri's recipe but I left out the peppers and added some corn I had.  I also sprinkled about a cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the filling before I put the top on.

It was all very simple to make.  The crust was a yeast crust but only needed one rising.  I rolled it out about as thin as I thought I could without tearing it putting it together.  I think the thickness was perfect - just enough and on the edges where you fold it over you get a nice little extra "bready-ness".  The whole family loved it and asked for seconds.

As always,  if you are interested in this recipe or any of the Daring Kitchen recipes then check out the Daring Kitchen recipe archive here.

At the beginning I promised to show you what has been keeping me busy.  Well I am now a Cooking Dad x 2.  This is Evan.  He has been a great addition to our family but not always a lot of time for cooking right now.