Make empanadas at home from scratch with this easy empanada dough recipe! With just a few ingredients, this post will show you how to make empanada dough, which is ideal for frying with sweet or savory fillings. It can also be frozen like Goya empanada dough discos for use at a later time.
Making homemade empanada dough is not as hard as you might think, especially if you have a food processor. And even if you don’t have one, it is still pretty easy to make by hand because the dough doesn’t need be overworked, and requires minimal kneading. Empanadas, also known as turnovers or hand pies, are one of my favorite foods. They’re so versatile and can be made with an infinite number of delicious fillings – you can be as creative as you want with empanada fillings. Empanadas are also the perfect way to use leftovers, especially when a) you don’t enough for a full meal of leftovers and b) you want something different.
This recipe is an accompaniment for Potato, Pepper, and Chorizo Empanadas . But once you’ve mastered a basic empanada dough, there’s no reason you can’t use it to make any kind of empanada your heart desires, like the sweet and salty combo of this Chicken Empanada with Chorizo, Raisins, and Olives or a Spiced Turkey Empanada—or even the surf-and-turf filling in these Tuna Empanadas with Serrano ham. You could also simply stuff the excellent dough with whatever meat and vegetable combinations you love, or have around in the fridge. Using the homemade dough rather than store-bought pizza dough or puff pastry will take any of these filling ideas to the next level.
If making empanada dough from scratch intimidates you, don’t let it! Homemade empanada dough requires only a handful of ingredients, flour, salt, egg, cold water and butter, and it comes together in under ten minutes!
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