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Pork Empanadas with Thyme

  • prep: 55 mins
    total time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced medium
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, plus small sprigs for topping
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, plus more for working
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Empanada Dough
  • 1 large egg

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Set a steamer basket in a pot with 2 inches boiling water. Add potato, cover, and cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, 5 to 7 minutes. Raise heat to high and add pork, thyme, and sage; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until pork is no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring, until blended, about 30 seconds. Add raisins (if using) and 2 tablespoons water; cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in potato, pine nuts (if using), and vinegar. Season filling with salt and pepper and let cool.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 400, with racks in upper and lower thirds. On a floured surface, divide dough in half and roll each piece to an 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 6-inch cookie cutter or plate as a guide, cut out 8 circles. Place 1/4 cup filling on half of each circle, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Brush edge of dough with water; fold top half over filling. Press edges to seal, then crimp firmly with a fork.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer empanadas to two baking sheets lined with parchment. In a bowl, beat egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush empanadas with egg wash and top with thyme sprigs. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.

Source
Everyday Food, December 2009

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Reviews (1)

  • 15 Jan, 2010

    These are great! We actually got 11 out of the mix with leftover dough to spare, and though making them is somewhat time consuming, it is definitely worth it!