Argentinean Empanadas Recipe

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Argentinean Empanadas
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  1. Sift the flour, mix the sifted flour and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the solid margarine or butter with your fingers, (best to cross cut with two knives). The flour should have an even, coarse texture, with the margarine lumps no larger than a pea.
  3. Beat together the water, eggs, and vinegar in a bowl. Slowly mix into the flour mixture, until you have the desired consistency (it should not be too sticky, but still malleable).
  4. Place the mixture on a floured surface. Knead with the heel of your hand to bring the dough together.
  5. Cover the dough and allow to sit in a cool place for at least an hour.
  6. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 of an inch (0.3 cm) thick. Cut into circles about 4-6 inches (10 - 15 cm) in diameter and lightly flour them.
  7. Heat some oil in a large saucepan. Mince the onions and garlic, and add to the pan. Cook until the onions become translucent.
  8. Add the ground meat. Break it up with with a spoon and cook, stirring until lightly browned. Drain off fat.
  9. Mix in the cumin, pepper flakes, and sugar. Adjust to taste.
  10. Chop the hard boiled eggs and halve the stuffed olives. Carefully mix into the meat mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Preheat the oven to 375ºF/200ºC.
  12. Stuff the empanada dough wrappers. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the filling in the center of each wrapper. Dampen the outer perimeter of the dough.
  13. Fold over, forming a semicircle. Pinch a corner of the dough, and then fold that section onto itself. Pinch and pull out another 1/2-inch (1.2 cm) section and fold over, so that it slightly overlaps the first piece. Repeat along the length of the folded side, until you create a braided or twisted seal.
  14. If desired, brush the tops of the empanadas with beaten egg yolk for a nice golden color.
  15. Place the folded empanadas on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 3962.65 Kcal (16591 kJ)
Calories from fat 2421.34 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 269.04g 414%
Cholesterol 1354.53mg 452%
Sodium 7896.34mg 329%
Potassium 2611.45mg 56%
Total Carbs 239.26g 80%
Sugars 22.59g 90%
Dietary Fiber 19.46g 78%
Protein 155.74g 311%
Vitamin C 16.7mg 28%
Vitamin A 1.7mg 57%
Iron 25.4mg 141%
Calcium 579.9mg 58%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 222.18 Kcal (930 kJ)
Calories from fat 135.76 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.08g 414%
Cholesterol 75.95mg 452%
Sodium 442.74mg 329%
Potassium 146.42mg 56%
Total Carbs 13.42g 80%
Sugars 1.27g 90%
Dietary Fiber 1.09g 78%
Protein 8.73g 311%
Vitamin C 0.9mg 28%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 57%
Iron 1.4mg 141%
Calcium 32.5mg 58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 100.9
  • 108

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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