Even if you choose not to use the filling part of this recipe, you MUST try making this dough! It was incredible. I halved the dough for a pound of chicken and first of all, I have to say that I was nervous about it being messy and sticky and difficult to handle - nope! It yielded 8 large empanadas and one small one, with a lot less fuss than I thought (I rolled my circles out to be about 6 inches in diameter and they have to be THIN). Let me also say that it fries up flaky and perfect - just make sure your oil is hot before you slide these in. I tried these with chicken as follows: I sauteed half of a chopped onion in some olive oil and added a pound of cubed chicken breast. Added about 1 tsp. chili powder, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cumin powder, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper. I covered this and let it cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the chicken was cooked through I let it cool (omitted the raisins and vinegar) and added half a cup of chopped orange bell pepper and a tablespoon of chopped cilantro. Shredded the chicken into smaller pieces and divided into two portions; added habanero cheese to one and left the other as is. Used this to stuff the empanadas, and they were fantastic! We liked both versions, with and without the cheese. Good with sour cream or chimichurri sauce. Thanks for a great recipe and for taking away my apprehension about making these!
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Even if you choose not to use the filling part of this recipe, you MUST try making this dough!...