Mediterranean Empanadas Questa ricetta è disponibile anche in Italiano.
How many of you like empanadas??
And how many of you have tried to make empanadas at home?
I bet that only a fraction of those that answered yes to the first question also answered positively to the second one! Am I right?
Well, my mission today is to show and teach you how easy and rewarding is to make these tasty homemade empanadas.
What are Empanadas?
An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries of Latin America and the south of Europe. The name comes from the verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanada is made by folding a dough or bread patty around the stuffing.
The stuffing can consist of a variety of meats, vegetables, or even fruits (credits).
How to make Empanadas
First we start with the dough.
Typically the dough is made with flour, butter, milk and sometimes even eggs.
For my vegan dough I used rapeseed oil instead of butter (any vegetable oil will do if you don’t have rapeseed), soy milk (I personally like soy milk in cooking and baking, but if you’re not a fan or you cannot consume soy feel free to substitute it with any other plantbased alternative), a bit of baking powder for a very light rise, and a touch of turmeric for both colour and flavour.
All we need to do is to combine all the ingredients, knead the dough for a bunch of minutes and let it rest for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before rolling and cut it into discs.
Second step is the filling.
As mentioned we can free our creativity and go savoury, traditional, crazy or even sweet.
For this recipe I picked a very nutritious filling with a mediterranean flavour. I combined tofu and borlotti beans for a bunch of proteins and fibers, and tomato concentrate, capers and herbs for a mediterrane-y flavour, perfect for a summer treat!
Third step: shaping the empanadas.
We have the dough and the filling. All we need to do now is to roll the dough, cut discs, fill each disc with our mediterrane-y filling, fold it and seal the edges.
Final step: baking the empanadas.
All it remains it to bake our empanadas in a preheated oven for up to 30 minutes, until crispy and golden.
Aren’t they just mouthwatering?
For this recipe I’ve also made a video for you to watch that better explains how to make these Mediterranean Empanadas! You can find it on my YouTube Channel, or at the end of this recipe.
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