Argentine Empanadas

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These savory empanadas were the bonus recipe from Travis’s Comida Argentina Raddish Kids; truth be told, it was mostly a mom endeavor, but my little sous-chef loved helping with the filling once I’d made the dough!

Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons + 1/4 cup cold water, divided

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 8 ounces Lightlife ground beef
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  1. To prepare the dough, combine the flour, salt, and butter in a bowl. Cut with a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly (or alternatively, use a food processor and pulse until crumbly).
  2. Whisk the flax into 3 tablespoons water to make 1 flax egg. Add to the bowl along with the remaining 1/4 cup water and stir to form a dough.
  3. Divide the dough in two. Working with one portion at a time, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll until 1/8-inch thick. Cut with a 3-inch cookie cutter to make circles.Empanada (1)
  4. Stack the circles of dough between pieces of parchment paper in the fridge until ready to serve.
  5. To prepare the filling, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, tomato paste, cumin, paprika, oregano, and raisins; cook for 1 minute.Empanada (2)
  6. Crumble the beef into the pan and add the water and salt. Cook for 5 minutes.Empanada (3)
  7. Set 8 dough circles on a baking sheet. Top each with 2 tablespoons filling.Empanada (4)
  8. Moisten your finger with water and run around the edge of each dough circle, then fold the dough over the filling. Press the edges with a fork to seal.Empanada (5)
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Travis loved these, and especially that they could be eaten on the go, a little snack wrapped up in its own edible wrapper.

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