Filipino Empanada Recipe

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We had a family dinner with my parents yesterday. It was my mom’s birthday and dad’s despedida too. Dad will be going to work by tomorrow so we decided to cook for them. Dad will be missing mom of course, his soap operas, his unlimited supply of chili sauce and a lot of Filipino dishes. We decided to cook him Empanada. My brother actually cooked them and it was another recipe I learned from him. You know what’s his secret recipe? It’s beer! Yep! I thought were going to have a drinking session with dad that night but nope, he said he will use the beer to make that dough delicious and to make it not stick to the pan.

Anyways here’s my brother’s Empanada recipe:

For the Empanada Filling:

  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 kilo Lean Ground pork, you can use chicken breast or beef if you want
  • 4 medium-sized onions , diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 medium-sized Potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Chorizo Bilbao, diced (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • ½ tbsp. pepper
  • 2 egg whites, beaten for sealing the empanadas
  • 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten for brushing

For the Empanada Dough/Crust :

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup butter, chilled & cubes
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 tbsp icy cold water
  • 8 tbsp of  ice-cold beer (I prefer San Mig Light)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cook the ground pork in a pan in medium heat until completely browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the onion and garlic in the hot oil until the onion is translucent. Add the potato, peas, carrots and raisins into the pan. Cook for 10 minute pork; allow the mixture to cook together until the vegetables are completely tender, about 10 minutes.

To Make the Empanada Crust/Dough:

  • Combine the sifted flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the cubes butter, vegetable shortening and mix it together by hand or use a fork
  • Add ice cold water and beer, 1 tablespoon at a time and mix well.
  • Knead the dough for 3 minutes and form a ball. And set aside for 15 minutes before you roll out dough.
  • Cut dough into your desired size.
  • Place the filling in the center and fold the dough over to the other side. Seal the edges using your fingers of with a fork
  • Place chicken empanada on a baking tray, prick each empanada with fork and brush with egg white.
  • Bake in a preheated oven 375F, for about 30-40 minutes or until lightly brown.

You can also make a calzone out of these empanada ingredients. You can just add thinly sliced green bell pepper, sliced ham, black olives while sautéing the empanada filling. And when you’re about to put the filling to the dough you can add mozzarella or Quickmelt cheese before you fold the dough and bake it. For garnishing it, sauté onions with Del Monte pizza sauce, add sugar to taste. And then drizzle it on top of your Calzone. And voila! It’s another dish out of your Empanada.

So remember, beer is not just for drinking, it’s also for cooking! Enjoy! Bon Appétit!

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One Response to Filipino Empanada Recipe

  1. Tina Cors says:

    First time to hear using beer in cooking. The empanada looks so crunchy and yummy!
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