Argentinian Empanadas

Servings: 4
Preparation: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

Dough
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
50 ml water
50 g butter
200 g flour
Fill
250 g ground beef
1 pc chili pepper
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper
125 ml tomato juice
1 clove garlic
1 pc onion

Dough

Into a dish with the flour add salt, cayenne pepper and then stir for a little.
Cut butter into smaller pieces and add them into the dish with the flour. Stir well until butter pieces dissolve into crumbs.
Add water and knead the dough until all ingredients are well blended.
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape them into balls. Let them rest for about half an hour.

Stuffing

Crush garlic with Garlic Press or chop it (mince) into bits with Chef's knife.
Cut onion into smaller cubes.
Slice chili pepper into thin slices.
Heat oil in a medium size skillet or saucepan and cook onion for a few minutes.
If you don't like strong taste of an onion in your meals, pour a little bit of water and cook for some time. Repeat the process until onion becomes translucent.
Heat oil in a medium size skillet or saucepan and cook onion for a few minutes.
If you don't like strong taste of an onion in your meals, pour a little bit of water and cook for some time. Repeat the process until onion becomes translucent.
Add garlic and chili pepper and cook for a little bit.
Add meat and cook it for about 5 minutes.
Salt and season with black pepper, by taste.
Pour tomato juice into the skillet then stir. Cook until the filling thickens.

Finalising

Chose bigger tinplate and coat it with oil.
Spread flour over working area and knead one ball of the dough into about 12 cm circle.
Spread filling over one half of the circle. Make sure that each empanada is equally filled.
Cover filling with another side of the circle. Press edges firmly with your fingers to merge both layers of dough and prevent filling to leak outside.
Press the edges once more with a fork. Layers of dough will stick better and will look more decorative.
Lay empanadas in oiled tinplate and bake them for 20 minutes on 200°C in pre-heated oven.

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