July 8, 2014
Man, let me tell you, our friends know how to cook! We got through the early weeks of new parenting thanks to the delicious meals that they dropped off. Now that we are further into the parenting thing and we don't have food arriving at our doorstep, I am looking for ways to enjoy quick homemade meals. One way is to make a larger quantities of food when you do cook and freeze the surplus. I bet you'd pay big money for one of these empanadas from the freezer section of a health food store!
Veggie Empanada Filling Ingredients:
Spinach Empanada Filling Ingredients:
Empanada Dough Ingredients (recipe from Veganomicon):
2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. corn meal
2 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 c. non-hydrogenated vegan shortening
1/2-3/4 c. cold water
2 t. apple cider vinegar
Precook/premix the filling ingredient. Since I was making a big batch of empanadas, I quadrupled the dough ingredients. Mix together the dry ingredients for the dough. Add the shortening in pea size chunks as though you were making biscuits. Stir in the cold water and apple cider vinegar. I needed a bit more than 3/4 c. cold water but maybe that's the desert climate of Colorado... Lightly knead the dough into a ball. Roll out the dough on our floured counter. Refrigerate for an hour on parchment paper and wrapped in plastic. Roll out the dough some more. Use a bowl to stamp out circles. Stuff em, fold em, and make the edges pretty. Bake for 25 minutes at 400° F.