After visiting Marini’s Empanada House last week, I told one of my friends who lives in Argentina about my first experience with empanadas. She sent me an easy recipe for basic empanadas. Although I don’t eat meat, and I don’t like green olives, and of course we don’t have the same dough here that they use, I thought I could still use it as my inspiration for tonight’s dinner. Mini empanadas!
- 1 yellow onion
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 package Smart Ground soy crumbles
- 1/2 cup (or so) vegetable broth
- 1/2 tbsp cumin
- dash of salt and pepper
- Nasoya round wraps
I sauteed the bell pepper and onion in the olive oil.
I then added a little bit of vegetable broth, the soy crumbles, cumin, salt and pepper. I should have used a bigger skillet, but I didn’t realize how much food I would be putting in there.
I had to add a little more veggie broth throughout because it kept cooking off quickly, and my friend had instructed that the “meat” needs to be moist before going in the oven. While I worked on the stove, I heated the oven to 350 degrees. Next, I sprayed the pan with PAM and laid out the round wraps to make the mini empanadas.
I then filled them with the “meat” mixture. I overfilled them a little too much at first. These wraps are pretty small and couldn’t hold very much.
Next I folded each wrap over. At first I tried to be fancy and use a fork to put a pretty print around the seam. But it wasn’t working right and I lost my patience pretty quickly – and just pinched them together.
You can see which ones I overstuffed. These wraps were very delicate! The mini empanadas only needed 5-6 minutes in the oven, just long enough to become a little crispy. I could have cooked them longer, but I tend to like my food a little more doughy than crispy.
After 3 pans of meat empanadas, I decided to use my last few wraps for dessert empanadas. I used sugar-free strawberry jelly and just a little bit of almond butter in each one.
These AB & J Mini Empanadas were a big hit! It’s a good thing I didn’t make too many of them. Aside from the few I packed up with my lunch tomorrow, and the one or two Pat ate, I finished them off.
We ate our empanadas with some mild salsa.
While I was cooking, Pat and I broke out a bottle of wine. This “Temptation” wine was a nice birthday gift from our neighbors. I loved the label!
The wine was really good. It was very smooth for a red. I’ll definitely be looking for this one again.