Beef is one of the red meats that cooks, dinners, gourmands, connoisseurs and or restaurant patrons love to eat. Whether it is the rich flavor or the versatility of the meat, many have continued to eat meal after meal with beef as the dish. With its versatility, beef can be enjoyed in complex more intricate gourmet meals or simple easy to cook home meals. That is just one of the many reasons why beef is on top of people’s list.
And the best part of it, you can make your own beef dish. Like the delicious beef empanada. This is a simple turnover filled treat that is packed with beef. The dough with beef is then baked until golden brown. Here are some tips on how to make beef empanadas.
- Tools of the empanada trade. To make this wonderful food pie treats you need the right ingredients. Here are the ingredients for your beef empanada:
- 2 cups of onions, chopped
- 1 cup of green or red peppers, chopped
- 2 pounds of ground beef
- ½ cup tomatoes, chopped, or 2 small cans of tomato sauce, or you can also use 2 cans of diced tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of mild paprika
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of oregano
- ½ cup of Spanish onions, chopped
- 2 packages of frozen empanada dough
To start this tasty dish, get a large sauce pan. Put in 2 pounds of ground beef together with onions and peppers. Cook with the sauce pan uncovered. Look for chunks of ground beef massing into large chunks. Break it down. Cook the ingredients until the beef is tender and brown. Remove all grease after.
- Add the tomatoes, oregano, paprika, cumin and salt into the beef mixture. Mix well so that the ingredients and the flavors will blend. Allow the cooked filling to rest. The ideal time is to have it rest overnight. But two hours is good enough.
- With the beef filling all set, it is time to put together your beef empanada! Get your dough out. Lay them on a flat table top or any flat surface. Set a tablespoon of your beef filling in the middle of every pastry disc. Then dough should be folded over the beef mix. Seal it by making edges meet. Use a fork to press the edges. Seal it tightly so the beef filling will not spill out. Put the unbaked empanada on top of a baking sheet. Make sure that your sprayed non-stick spray before you put the empanadas. Cover the baking sheet with a towel.
- The next step is to preheat your oven. Ten minutes at 400 to 425 degrees Fahrenheit should be enough. Put the empanada in and bake for about 15 minutes or until the empanadas are golden brown.
Beef can truly be enjoyed in many ways and beef empanadas are one sure way to enjoy them. Bake your own empanadas now.