Empanadas de Pino: Eating Chile

by Karen on Friday, September 17, 2010

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I was thinking about empanadas all week and how there are so many equivalent “edible packaged” foods around the world.  (Oh god, did I just admit that I think about food all week?)  Knishes, samosas, pasties, calzones…. the list goes on.  If all these cultures have invented similar dishes, you have to assume they’re all doing something right.  And after making these empanadas, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are.  There’s just something about meat wrapped in dough– yum!

The filling:
– 1 lb of ground beef
– 3 medium-sized yellow onions, diced
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 2 tsps sweet paprika
– 2 tsps ground cumin
– 1/2 tsp dried oregano
– 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
– 1 cup of beef broth
– 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour
– 1 1/2 tsp of kosher salt
– 1 tbsp of vegetable oil

– 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
– 15 olives, sliced
– seedless raisins (optional)

Heat some oil in a large skillet and cook the onions on medium high heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes or until translucent.  Add the garlic and cook for a minute more.  Add the ground beef using a spatula to break down the meat into smaller pieces.  Cook until the beef is no longer pink and add the beef broth and cook for a few more minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed.  Sprinkle the flour in and stir until the mixture is thickened.  Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap until you’re ready to assemble your empanadas.

The dough:

– 4 cups of all-purpose flour
– 1 tbsp of baking powder
– 1 tsp of salt
– 1 cup of vegetable shortening
– 1 cup of warm milk

In a food processor add your flour, baking powder and salt.  Pulse for a few seconds to combine.  Add the vegetable shortening in spoonfuls (16 tbsps= 1 cup).  Pulse until the mixture starts to look like cornmeal.  Then while the blade is running, add the warm milk.  Process until the dough starts to come together in a ball.  Transfer to a floured surface and knead for a few seconds and form it into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.

Cut the dough in half and roll each half into even logs.  Cut six even pieces of dough in each log so you have 12 even pieces.

On a floured surface roll each small ball of dough into a disk about 6 inches in diameter.  Fill the center with 2 spoonfuls of your pino.  Top with a slice of hard boiled egg, a few slices of olives and some raisins.  Then fold the bottom end to the top so you have a half moon shape.  Gently seal all the edges by pressing gently and folding the sides of the rounded edge so you have a trapezoid shape.

Brush your empanadas with an egg wash (1 egg white mixed with a tablespoon of water).  Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased.  Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes .  Let them cool for a few minutes before serving.

Or if you’re like us, you sacrifice a few taste buds and break into them with a fork straight out of the oven.

Recipe adapted from The South American Table: The Flavor and Soul of Authentic Home Cooking from Patagonia to Rio De Janeiro, With 450 Recipes


Mary September 17, 2010 at 9:16 am

These look wonderful. I found your blog via the Foodbuzz Project Food Blog competition. I’ve been browsing through your earlier entries and must tell you how much I love the food, photos and recipes you feature here. I’ll be back to see your entry in the next leg of the competition. I hope you are having a great day. Good luck and blessings…Mary

Patti September 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm

How lovely to discover this recipe on the 200th Anniversary of Chilean Independence! Will be making them tonight to enjoy with some Chilean wine!! Viva Chile!

eliana September 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I wish I could have been there for this! Next time we have to go Argentinian and get my mom in on it.

Six Eleven September 28, 2010 at 3:05 am

yeah my dad will like this

Francisca Amenábar September 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

I was surprise of how many recipes are in foodgowker with chilean recipes, uploeaded by users that aren’t chilean. I’m chilean and its make me feel proud of our cousine… although we don’t have a unique or special one like in Peru. But chilean cuisine its great too.

Tommy T December 13, 2012 at 2:55 am

The dough should use lard not shortening but your pino recipe is excellent.

Monika Marcela Lazo February 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

This recipe is very close to the one my family passed down to me decades ago, :)))) they used olive oil a lot to substitute for lard, or for vegetable shortening…I prefer to use olive oil for the dough, it gives more elasticity to to it, and being Chilean with Swiss Italian and Swiss German decent…I have it in my genes to do so. It is a personal choice….:)))).
I also prick them with a fork right in the center, before putting them in the oven, this will allow a vent that naturally closes as it prevents them from getting hallow inside as they bake.

I love empanadas, I think the Chileans are far superior in texture and taste. Thank you for making it available to us worldwide.

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