October 26, 2009

Simple Beef Empanadas

Simple Beef Empanadas

Makes: 4-6 servings

Created by The MDM Team, Friday, December 21, 2007
It doesn't matter if you don't habla Espanol. You can still enjoy these beef empanadas prepared in the comfort of your own kitchen. A little effort goes a long way with this exotic treat.

1 lb. ground beef
1 (10 oz.) can crescent rolls
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes with garlic
2 eggs, boiled and sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 tsp. cumin
2 eggs, beaten
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, or recommended temperature stated on your crescent roll pkg. and coat bottom of a baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium skillet, heat oil and add the diced bell pepper. Cook until tender, and then add the diced onion. Cook another 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan when done and set aside. Season ground beef with salt, pepper, and cumin. Using the same skillet, brown the beef. When it's almost done, toss in the tomatoes and bell pepper/onion mixture. Mix together and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until beef is done. On a floured cutting board, roll out crescent roll dough. Take special care to make sure they do not separate. Dip your fingers in a little flour and pinch all of the serrations closed. Roll out dough to desired thickness. lightly flour the top of the dough and cut out rounds from it using a biscuit cutter or open can dipped in flour. Add beef mixture into the center of each round and top with a slice of egg. Fold the crust so the top and bottom edges meet. Crimp edges together using a fork dipped in flour. Coat the tops of the empanadas with an egg wash and place on baking sheet. Cook for 15 minutes or until golden. For a Peruvian touch, drizzle with limejuice and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Additional Tips
Ready in 35 min

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