Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Impress your friends and family with homemade empanadas. Alice, one of our fabulous Thanksgiving guests, was kind enough to help demonstrate easy empanada-making techniques. Enjoy!

Alice says: If feeding carnivores substitute 3/4 pound of chopped meat for the kale and reduce initial simmering time to sauteing for 20 minutes.


Main Filling Ingredients:
1 pound kale, stem removed
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup raisins
Salt & pepper

Add later
1/2 cup stuffed green olives cut in half
1/2 can of chickpeas
A few drops of hot sauce (optional)

Add when assembling
Chunks of hard boiled eggs and cooked potato cubes

Goya frozen empanada dough (each disc will make 2 min empanadas)
Corn oil for frying

In a large pot, cook main filling ingredients for 30-45 minutes until kale is soft but not mushy. Stir in items to add later and pour into food processor. Chop slightly but do not over process. Filling can be made ahead and stored in frig for 3-4 days.

Defrost empanadas rounds for about 1/2 hour.
Optional: For a thinner crust, use a rolling pin to enlarge each disk about 1/2” larger.

Cut each crust in half.

Put a spoonful of filling in center of each half-circle, add a piece of egg and a potato cube or two.

Fold circle in half and score with tines of a fork.

To Fry: Fill large skillet with an inch of corn oil. When hot add empanadas.
When they puff up, turn them over. When they brown slightly up more and look done, drain on paper towels.
Serve right from the pan or room temperature with hot sauce or chimichurri sauce.


NeereAnDear said...

Oh my looks yuummmm... I am a carnivore so I would substitute the meat...

Must be that kind of week for recipes... I just posted one too...

Need to see if we have thse ingredients at our grocer

HUGS and Thanks for another goodie


Joy Zaczyk said...

O.k now I am REALLY hungry!


Our new website is launched Babara - come and check it out!


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That sounds very good! I am printing the recipe....Can I come to your house next Thanksgiving?

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Barbara,

Those look yummy and easy to make.Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Have a great week.

Julie said...

That looks amazing!

Becky said...

That looks wonderful. Another recipe to try. There are certainly a lot of wonderful cooks out here.
Hope you will visit me at my oneshabbyoldhouse.blogspot. Renovations are almost done and now the decorating begins. I could use lots of suggestions.

Cathy said...

Hi Barb,

Thank you for releiving me of a little of the guilt of not blogging. I've notice since I haven't had time to blog, I've lost touch with everyone and I don't like that very much. I miss my friends. So I'm going to try to blog a little every morning throughout the holiday season.

Have a wonderful Holiday my friend.

xo Cathy

Tutti Chic said...

Mmmmmmm! I haven't eaten breakfast yet so my mouth is just watering! I's love to try these barbara! Great post! :) Chris

Claire said...

Looks and sounds delish! I'm totally hungry now!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Yummmm, where do I get the pre made empanada pastry shells?

Sweet Holiday Wishes,

Susie Q said...

Oh how we love these...and your recipe looks yummy so we must try.

Thank you for sharing this...hope all is well.


Natasha Burns said...

Oh gosh they do look fabulous! I am so hungry right now, probably not the best time to look at food on blogs, LOL! xo

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Those look really good. And your Thanksgiving decor and antipasto did too. Can't believe that it's already December. Thanks for this recipe, I might make these for Christmas eve.:)

xo Lidy

Barbara Jacksier said...

The frozen empanada shells are sold in Spanish food shops and in the international frozen food section of the many groceries.

Betty Jo said...

Those look wonderful. Wish I had one right now for my dinner. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. xoxo

rochambeau said...

YUM! Thank you and Alice!!
Dropping by to wish you and yours a merry and bright Christmas and holiday!


Fifi Flowers said...

YUM! Lucky for moi... there are 2 empanada place near where I work a couple times a week... yummy and no work for moi!

Cathy said...

Hi Barbara,

Just checking in to see what you are cooking up today. Those empanadas look delicious. I'm still working on my morning coffee although it is time for lunch. DH is making lasagna today, so I will be feasting on that pretty soon.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.

xo Cathy

Becky said...

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Holiday.
Hope all is well with you and yours.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Barbara for you kind visit :) Your empanadas look so delicious !!! Jolies fêtes de fin d'année :)