Friday, February 20, 2009

One of My Absolute Favorites: Empanadas or Beef Turnovers

So you will not believe how delicious these are! Or even how easy there are too make! You can make tons in a short amount of time, and they would be a great hit at parties or any kind of get-togethers.

Empanadas have many different names. You might find them called Beef Turnovers, Pastelillos or Stuffed Meat Pies. And of course, there are different spanish names depending on what country you're in.

What You Need:
- 1 package of Goya Pre-Made Dough (also called Discos). They come in White or Yellow.
- 1 package of ground beef (about 1/2 lb or so)
- 2 tablespoons of Goya Sofrito
- 1 packet of Goya Sazon
- 1 tablespoon of Goya Adobo
- Goya Corn Oil
- Alternative: If there are any vegetarians in your family, you can easily substitute the beef with shredded American cheese. I love making both versions, they are equally delicious!!

What To Do:
- In a large saucepan, saute the ground beef until it is brown and cooked through.
- Add the seasonings. Take the pan off the stove.
- Take about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the ground beef and place in the center of your dough circle. (If you are using cheese, you'd also place it into the center of the circle dough.)
- Fold the circle over so that it resembles a half-moon shape.
- Pinch the sides together with the tines of a fork so that no meat can escape while frying.
- In another frying pan, heat up about 1 inch of oil.
- Fry the empanadas in the oil just until they are golden brown. It will take about 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Serve while Hot! This recipe should make about 15 Empanadas. Enjoy!!!

Total Prep Time: 20 minutes (this includes cooking the ground beef)
Total Cook Time: 10-20 minutes (depending on how many Empanadas you're making)

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