Empanadas:

Perfect Meals in a Pocket!

From breakfast to dessert, no need to overthink your meals
with these easy Silver and Gold Empanadas recipe and ideas!

Slaving over the stove for hours is a thing of the past! We’re busy and hungry, and we’re looking for easy ways to get full nutrition that’s grab-and-go. Welcome empanadas: “meals in a pocket.”

 

Our dough recipe takes just a couple of minutes, it’s freezable, rolls easily, and can be stuffed with just about anything – whether sweet or savoury. It doesn’t need heavy calorie-filled shortenings or butters, and the whole thing mixes quickly in a food processor. 

Give it a try next time you have leftover stew or chicken. Great for entertaining too! And once filled, they can be either baker or fried for that crispy crunchy outside that is so satisfying... oh, the things we’ll make!

This is the easiest Empanada dough recipe EVER!

Ingredients (makes 16 units)

- 2 cups flour

- 3/4 cup fine (00) corn flour (also known as ‘semolina’)

- 2 tsp. sugar

- 1/2 tsp. salt

- 3 Tbsp. margarine, OR butter, OR oil

- 2 large eggs

- 3/4 cup of water

 

How to make it

In a food processor, combine flours, sugar, salt, and margarine. Process for 5 seconds to combine. Add eggs and water, process again until very soft (about 3 minutes). Put on floured table, knead until smooth. Cover with a cloth and let rest for 30 minutes. 

 

Here are some variations: 

MEXICAN EMPANADAS

In a large skillet, fry up some ground beef and drain. Then add onion, garlic, diced peppers, salt + pepper, dried cumin, fresh cilantro, black olives, and some raisins. Combine well with a touch of water or tomato paste. Use this Mexican-style filling in your dough and fry up with a touch of oil (or bake) form a delicious and easy ‘to go’ meal!

 

TUNA + BEAN POCKETS

These delicious and savoury tuna pockets are baked on parchment paper in a 375°F oven for 20-minutes or until golden brown. In a large bowl combine 1 can of drained and rinsed pinto beans, 3 cans of drained tuna, 1/2 onion, black olives, parsley, salt + pepper, rind of 1/2 a lemon or lime. They freeze very well and are great as leftovers!

Other combinations to try:

PIZZA POCKETS: With cheese, salami, tomato sauce, mushrooms, onions, peppers. 

BREAKFAST BITES: Wrap in smaller batches and bake for only 10-minutes. Add: scrambled egg, peppers, mozzarella cheese, Italian seasonings, or fresh parsley.

APPLE + PEAR MINI POCKETS: Peel and slice up some apple and pear squares, combine with a touch of salt, brown sugar, lemon rind, raisins (optional), and cinnamon. Best when combined with a tablespoon of Chia seeds, to thicken naturally. 

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