Empanaditas are pastry shell turnovers made by folding dough over a filling and sealing it. In Latin Caribbean cooking,empanaditas are smaller version of empanadas , which are stuffed with sweet or savory fillings and then baked or fried.
Every tasty empanaditas starts with the dough. In Latin Caribbean cooking you'll come across two types of dough. One is simple flour dough much like a pie crust and the other is reddish yellow dough made with yucca. You can use either dough interchangeably, but for beginners, try the simple flour dough first.
Flour 2 cups
Sugar 1/3 cup
1 tea spoon salt
2 egg yolk
Water , mix well all together for 5 minutes
Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut a round out of each wonton wrapper. Place a teaspoon of the sausage or tuna mixture in the middle of each round. Dab the egg wash around the edges, using your finger or a pastry brush. Fold it over, forming a semi-circle, and press the tines of a fork into the edges to seal them and create a decorative border. After assembling, refrigerate the uncooked empanaditas for about 20 minutes before cooking.
To cook, cover the bottom of a large saucepan with canola oil and heat over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add enough empanaditas to fill the pan without touching (they should sizzle when added to the pan). Cook 3 to 4 minutes on one side, then turn and continue cooking for another 2 minutes or until well-browned on both sides.
Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Continue cooking in batches, keeping the cooked empanaditas on a baking tray in a 200°F oven to stay warm.
Recipe creation and photography By:Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com
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