While visiting my family in Florida, my Aunt and I decided to make one of her favorite dishes . . . empanadas!!! They were so much fun (and easy) to make and came out SO delicious. Here's how . . .
Ingredients for empanadas:
1 package of Goya discs
1 pound of ground beef
1/2 of one small onion
1/4 of a red pepper
Small bunch of cilantro
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 can of Goya tomato sauce
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sprinkle of Adobo (garlic, oregano, black pepper, and tumeric)
1/4 cup of green olives (whole or sliced)
Canola oil (enough to cover half the empanada)
Note* sofrito can be bought in your local grocery stores, however here is an authentic recipe.
Ingredients for sofrito:
1 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
10 ajies dulces peppers, tops removed
4 onions, cut into large chunks
3 medium heads garlic, peeled
25 cilantro leaves with stems
25 leaves recao, or culantro
Add to a food processor and process until it reaches a consistency of a semi-chunky salsa
Start making the empanadas by placing your pound of meat in a heated non-stick pan.
Then prep /cut your onion, garlic, pepper, and cilantro
Once the meat is mostly cooked, add the Goya tomato sauce and a sprinkle of Adobo
And then the green olives
After all the ingredients are well incorporated, place the cooked meat aside.
Get the Goya discs out and wet the edges with water, then slowly and carefully stretch the discs so they are slightly larger.
Then, place the meat mixture into the disc and add some cheese
Once the disc is full, fold it shut and secure by forking the edge on both sides
Then fry the empanadas in a pan of canola oil on med / high and wait until golden on each side.
And there you have it, crispy, cheesy, delicious pockets of yumminess!Let them cook off before you eating (you don't want to burn your mouth!)