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Argentinian Empanadas

What are they?

Empanadas are a typical dish from Argentina. Basically it is a dough filled with different fillings, and then either fried or baked. It can vary its size, can be personal ones, or family ones, and you can serve them as an entry or as a main dish. They can be eaten in the house or taken out and eat them cold, any way they are very good. You can accompany them and take a glass of wine or take a soda. They can be accompanied by almost anything. If the filling is sweet, you can take them with the coffee as a dessert, too. But the most popular empanadas are the home made ones.


Once you have the dough ready, it must be spread to about one and a half inches, the circles to be cut must be of about 5 inches in diameter. The filling must be put in the middle, and borders closed forming thus a semi circle. This can be fried or baked and can be eaten hot or cold.


2 cups flour
2/3 cups milk
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder


Mix all the ingredients and then knead carefully and spread the dough till it gets to be 1/9 inch thin. Cut circles of about 5 inches diameter. Fill each circle, folding then the dough in half, making semicircles, and close them carefully folding little borders of the upper and lower side. The either bake or fry the empanadas.
Fillings: Ingredients:

1- ½ cup sliced onions,
½ cup red peppers
1 beaten egg
½ cup grated cheese

2- 1 pound grounded meat
¼ cup sliced olives
¼ cup grated cheese
1 onion, sliced

3- 1 cup bechamel sauce
1 can creamed corn
½ cup grated cheese
Pepper, salt

4- 1 can tuna fish
1 sliced onion
Parsely, chopped very thin
1 clove of garlic

Or just use your imagination, and experiment! You’ll love them! You can use: the leftovers of chicken, pork meat, spinach, cheese…or any jelly or chocolate cream, other creams, etc. In this case, add sugar as soon as it is fried or baked while it is still very hot, sprinkle it with sugar. - South American Foods and Desserts



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