Pulled Pork Empanadas

Wednesday, October 10, 2012



You know how they say you will always remember where you where during certain events; when you meet the love of your life, the day your child is born, scoring your dream job etc, etc. That is how I feel about empanadas.

I clearly remember where I was the first time I tried an empanada.

The buttery & flaky pastry dough filled with the spicy-saucy meat. I never knew something like this existed. I needed to get my hands on more of these babies immediately.

Enter the pulled pork empanada.

These pulled pork empanadas are a little twist on the authentic Spanish beef ones.

Plus if you are someone who keeps pastry dough in the freezer (not me) and if you happened to make pulled pork the night before (yes me!) you can whip these up in no time.

If you don't have the ingredients readily available no worries. Making the pastry dough is, I find, therapeutic and the pulled pork takes literally 2 minutes to prepare.




ingredients
The Dough
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for when you roll out your dough
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and frozen for 10 minutes
1 1/4 cups ice water
Pulled Pork
1lb pork shoulder (make friends with your butcher, he'll hook you up)
1/2 bottle, or so, of Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce. 


Directions
Cook pulled pork in slow cooker on low for 6 hours.
Shred and let cool. This is a great step to do the night before.
When you are ready to assemble the empanadas, add a little more BBQ sauce to loosen.
You can also find the pulled pork recipe here.

In a large mixing bowl mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Scatter the butter pieces over the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter, your fingers, or a fork, crush the butter until butter pieces are no larger than small peas.

Transfer the flour mixture to a large mixing bowl. Working with 1/4 cup of water at a time, sprinkle the water over the flour mixture and stir using a rubber spatula. Press the mixture against the side of the bowl to form a dough, until no small bits of flour remain. (You may not need to use all of the water).
* for the ice water, I put 1 cup of cold water in a bowl and add in a bunch of ice cubes. Then use a measuring cup to take out the necessary amount.

Divide the dough into two equal parts. Roll each dough into a ball, then flatten the ball into a 6-inch disk. Wrap each disk in plastic and refrigerate. Between 2 and 24 hours.

Once the dough is ready preheat oven to 425. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Remove one disk of dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a circle about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 3-inch round biscuit cutter, cut out rounds and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.

Place a tablespoon of pulled pork in the middle of each round. Seal the dough around the filling, using the ends of a fork to crimp the edges shut. Repeat with second disk of dough and second prepared baking sheet.

Brush empanadas with the egg. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets half way. If you are baking one sheet at a time, keep the other baking sheet in the fridge. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve with barbecue sauce or mustard if desired.



Enjoy!

30 comments:

  1. Oh yum these look fantastic. I love hand held goodies like this, these would be a great treat for the big super bowl day ahead. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting, you have a lovely blog. Hope you have a delicious and successful New Year :)

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  2. I love hand held goodies too...although they can be dangerously easy to eat!
    A delicious and successful 2012 to you as well!

    : ))
    Jen

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  3. I am obsessed with that first photo. Gorgeous! These sound awesome, what a creative idea!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! I love your photos too.

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      Jen

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  4. What a neat idea! Looks very good, will have to try to make them :-)

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  5. your photos are delicious! if that's possible? awesome job.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! Haha I know exactly what you mean, pictures can be delicious!

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      Jen

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  6. it looks so good. i love pastries- both savoury and sweet ones!

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  7. This is the most delicious blog I've ever come across!!!!!

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  8. your photos are amazing!

    thanks so much for saying hi...but seriously, YOU have gorgeous photos and food!

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  9. Aw thank you so much Averie! You have an amazing site; I am over there often!

    Happy Friday!!

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    Jen

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  10. Wow my husband would LOVE this! I hope I have a change this weekend to give this recipe a try! :D

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    1. Thank you Teaka. My husband loves these too. If you end up making them let me know what you think!!

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      Jen

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  11. Oh yum! I love pulled pork and I love mini things. These are perfect.

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  12. I remember the first time I had an empanada too! They are so delicious! And there are so many possibilities of what you could put inside! And lovely pictures you have here!

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    1. Haha I am glad I am not the only one! Thank you for visiting! Have a great weekend.

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      Jen

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  13. Oooh, these look delicious! Can you believe I don't think I've ever had an empanada?? I hope my first time is as memorable as yours ;)

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    1. Thank you Anna. You must try one; they are so delicious!

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      Jen

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  14. omgggggg. this just stole my breath away!!! what a nice idea. :)

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  15. Thank you Mary!! Hope you have a great weekend!

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    Jen

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  16. These look so good! I don't think I've ever had an empanada... I have no doubt that I would love them though.

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    1. Thank you Amy! You will have to try one sometime; they're delish!

      Have a great weekend

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      Jen

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  17. Oh my! These look so good! I bet these would freeze great too. I will have to try these soon!

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    1. Great idea freezing these! I will have to give it a try, if they don't all get eaten first ; )
      Thanks for stoping by!

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      Jen

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  18. I love empanadas but I've never made them... I'm hungry again!

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