Thursday, September 27, 2012


Patri of the blog Asi Son Los Cosas, was our September 2012 Daring Bakers’ hostess and she decided to tempt us with one of her family’s favorite recipes for Empanadas! We were given two dough recipes to choose from and were encouraged to fill our Empanadas as creatively as we wished.

I kind of dropped the ball on the "creative" part of this challenge, realizing that especially after seeing the other Daring Baker's photos! No sweat. These recipes are really tasty and easy to do- I made them both for dinner on a school night and had time to snap photos for the blog and relax before bed!

Our challenge required us to use at least one of Patri's dough recipes. I made 2. One was a bread flour yeast dough with paprika (I used smoked paprika) and I filled it with cream cheese, cheddar and spicy yellow peppers from the garden. These were made into little one-serving sized empanadas. I also made a corn flour yeast dough which I patted into a little cast iron pan and filled with chorizo and eggs (one of our favorite meals).

I was really surprised how flaky the bread flour crust was! It's like a combination of pie crust and pizza crust. It holds up well but is really, really tender. Yum! I'm on the fence when it comes to paprika, but I imagine this dough could be flavored in many delicious and creative ways. My sweet tooth is saying brown sugar with cherry pie filling at the moment!

We eat chorizo and eggs a lot, especially after a trip to West St. Paul where we stock up at El Burrito Mercado. I like a pound of spicy chorizo with maybe 4 or 5 eggs, which is a heavy-on-the-chorizo ratio. You could use more egg and less chorizo if it tends to upset your tummy or something.

You can't see anything but the spicy red meat in here, but it's in there! True, though, the chorizo permeates everything and is the star of the dish- along with the flaky corn crust!

I'd never made empanadas before, but now I know they'll be popping up on weeknights when I need a flexible and easy meal idea! You can find the original DB PDF here for Patri's delicious recipes.

The recipes I made are small batches to feed a family of 4 and I served mine with a simple salad of tomato, avocado, finely shredded lettuce and lime juice.

Jalapeno Popper Empanada

1 3/4 cups bread flour
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tablespoon dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Mix well and knead for 5 to 10 minutes. Cover and rise 30 to 45 minutes. Break into 6 even sized balls, then roll out very thin into a circle.

Cream cheese
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sliced spicy peppers (fresh or from a jar)

On each round of dough, spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of cream cheese, a handful of cheddar, and sliced peppers to taste. Fold in half, squeeze out the air and seal the edges by crimping tightly.

Brush with oil and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Bake at 350F 2 inches apart, on a sheet pan covered in parchment paper, for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Chorizo and Egg Empanada

1 1/4 cups corn flour
1/2 cup bread flour
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil

Mix well. Cover and rise one hour. In a greased 6 inch oven proof skillet or baking pan, pat half of the dough in a thin layer all around the bottom and sides.

1 pound ground chorizo
1/2 cup diced zucchini
1/2 cup chopped green or white onion
4 or 5 large eggs
1 cup shredded cheddar

Brown chorizo, then cool for a bit while it drains in a mesh basket set over a bowl.

Add chorizo and about a half cup each of zucchini and onion. Pour 4 to 5 beaten eggs over this and spread about a cup of shredded cheddar over that.

Roll out remaining dough thinly between 2 sheets of parchment (you will not need all of the dough). If you can get it to cover your empanada in one piece, great! If not, make a patchwork of dough to cover the top. If it's all in one piece, seal the edges and make a couple of vent holes in the center of the top. If you've got a patchwork going, vent holes will not be needed.

Bake at 350F for 50 minutes or until the crust is dark golden brown on the edges. Cool 10 minutes and enjoy!


  1. Both recipes look delicious! And in my opinion, more chorizo the better! Great job Hannah!

  2. Both varieties of empanada look delicious, but that egg one is totally calling to me!! Really great job!

  3. Both of your empanadas sound delicious! I like how you utilized your cast iron pan for them, and the jalapeño popper ones sound delicious! :)

  4. Did you mix the veggies into the meat, or did you layer this.. by corn flour do you mean masa? I have a bag of it and will be using it!

    1. I layered it, but you could do either...and I didn't use masa for this, I used corn flour that I found in the bulk section and they sell it by the Bob's Red Mill stuff. Not sure how the masa will turn out. Based on my experience, it might be a softer crust? I love the flavor of masa!

    2. Thanks, I am going to try it with the Masa as it is cornflour, not sure if it's the same as you used.. I have big bag of it and need to use it up! I thought the layer would be great! I will be trying it in my cast iron and on the BBQ


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