Savory Chorizo Empanadas

Empanadas can be made in many different ways to compliment various stuffings. Here, I skipped the sugar in the dough and prepared a savory chorizo and potato filling with cheese.

Ingredients for empanadas:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

2  tbsp. cooking oil                                          

2 1/2 tbsp. vodka

1/2 cup water

Ingredients for filling:

2 russet potatoes

1/2 onion, chopped

Ground chorizo

Oaxaca or cheddar cheese or a combination of the two

Salt, pepper to taste

Oil for frying

Instructions for empanadas:

– On a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Mix well.

– Add oil and vodka

– Add water a little at a time and mix using your hands

– Kneed. Dough should be firm but not dry. Adjust water amounts accordingly.

– Form into one large ball and cover. Let stand for 30 min.

– After thirty minutes, stretch out dough with a roller as thin as possible

Using a round cookie cutter or a cup, cut dough circles. The amount of empanadas will depend on the size of you cup or cookie cutter.

– Pass roller over circles a couple of more times then place about 1 to 1 1/1 tbsp. of stuffing on one side of circle. Fold one side over mixture forming a crescent. Pinch edges to keep stuffing from escaping.

-Heat oil in pan. Once oil is hot, fry empanadas, turning them over every couple of minutes until both sides are golden brown.

For stuffing:           

In a pan, add chorizo and onion. Cook stirring until chorizo breaks apart. Add cubed potatoes and salt to taste. Cover and leave cooking until potatoes are soft. Uncover and cook for 5-10 more minutes until liquid evaporates. There shouldn’t be any oil on the bottom of the pan. If the mixture is too moist, the juices will escape the dough making it difficult t fry.

Before scooping mixture into empanadas, cube the cheese and add to mixture.

Recipe a Just a Pinch Blue Ribbon winner

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