Empanadas Recipe | SAVEUR


Empanadas are a ubiquitous snack in Argentina.

Empanadas are a ubiquitous snack in Argentina.
makes about 12


34 cup lard
2 34 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
Pinch paprika


3 tbsp. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, peeled and minced
12 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely diced
12 chicken bouillon cube
12 tsp. paprika
12 tsp. red pepper flakes
12 tsp. ground white pepper
12 tsp. ground cumin
34 lb. boneless beef shoulder, finely diced
1 small russet potato, peeled, finely diced, and boiled
13 cup raisins
8 green Spanish olives, pitted and chopped
3 scallions, trimmed and chopped
1 hard-cooked egg, peeled and chopped


For the dough: Heat 1 cup water and lard together in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the liquid is warm and the lard has melted. Meanwhile, mix together flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour. Put paprika in well, then add a little of the warm liquid and stir with your fingertips to make a wet paste. Pour in remaining liquid while using your hand to work the flour into the liquid. Continue to work dry ingredients into wet ingredients with your hands to form a wet, oily dough. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate until dough is chilled, about 2 hours.
For the filling: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bell peppers, bouillon cube, paprika, red pepper flakes, white pepper, and cumin, and cook until onions are soft, about 7 minutes. Add beef, season to taste with salt, and cook, stirring, until meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer filling to a large bowl and set aside to cool. Once filling has cooled, add potatoes, raisins, olives, scallions, and egg. Adjust seasonings. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
Preheat oven to 400°. Tear off pieces of dough and, with your hands, roll into about 12 golf-size balls. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough balls on a lightly floured surface into 5'' circles. To assemble empanadas, place about 3 tbsp. of filling in the center of each dough circle. Fold over and press the edges firmly to seal, starting from the middle and working out to the edges. Curve the ends of the empanada to form a crescent. To make the ''rope'' around edge, pinch 12'' of one corner edge between your thumb and index finger and fold edge over onto itself. Pinch and pull another 12'' of the edge and fold again, making a rough triangle over the first fold. Repeat this folding around edge, pressing each fold tight. Place empanadas on a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.