Sunday, October 6, 2013

Baked Turkey Sausage Empanadas

Empanada Dough

  • 3 cups flour (plus a little more for kneading)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 additional egg for egg wash.
Steps for Empanada Dough 

  1. In a bowl, combine all wet ingredients.  Beat and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and salt.
  3. Then add shortening and cut into the flour mix with a pastry blender or a fork.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and mix in wet ingredients, blend well with a fork until dough becomes stiff.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth.
  6. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for one hour.
Dough will make about (10) 6" empanadas.

Empanada Filing ( prep 10 minutes and cook time 10 minutes.)

  • 4 Turkey Italian Spicy sausage links, remove from casing
  • 1/2 onion dice,
  • 1 cup diced, red, yellow and orange mini bell peppers
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh chop basil
  • 1 cup shredded Italian six cheese mix
  1. While dough is chilling, in a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil, onions, peppers , garlic.  Saute for 2 minutes then add Italian sausage and cook for about 5 - 7 minutes or until sausage is done. 
  2. Then remove sausage mixture from skillet, drain and place in a bowl.

Fill empanada dough with about a teaspoon of turkey meat mixture and add a little cheese.

Form empanada dough into mold and seal the edges.  If you do not  have a mold, then just place the filling in the center of the dough, then fold and use a fork to press the edges together.

Bake Empanadas
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place empanadas on parchment - lined baking sheets. Brush tops with egg wash.  Bake until golden brown for about 30 to 40 minutes.

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