Grandma Gigi's Empanadas de Pino


This recipe comes to us from Assistant Tasting Room Manager, Christina's grandma GiGi. These ground meat empanadas include a hard boiled egg and olives. Christina and her grandma typically use 80/20 ground beef, but encourage you to try any of your favorite ground meats. According to Christina, this recipe is pretty easy - the only hard working part is the dough.


For the dough
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp butter
12 Tbsp shortening
3/4 cup water
2 egg yolks

For the empanada
1 yellow onion, diced
1-2 lbs ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 can black olives (green if you prefer)
12 eggs, hard boiled eggs, sliced in half and then quartered
1 tsp olive oil
1 egg, whisked with water

For the dough: Knead the dough ingredients together and form a ball. Place in the fridge and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes. Remove the dough from the fridge. Knead and roll out the dough onto a flour dusted table. Cut into twelve small dough balls. Roll out as thin as you would like, but thick enough to hold the meat.

For the empanada: Preheat the oven to 350*F. In a medium pan, heat olive oil on medium high. Add the onions, ground beef, garlic and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is complete.

Scoop one spoonful of the meat onto the rolled out dough. Add one olive and one piece of egg. Use the additional egg whisked with water for closing the empanada and brushing the top before baking. To do this, brush the open empanada sides with egg to help seal. Fold the empanada in half to cover the stuffing and pinch the sides together. Brush with more egg and poke with a fork.

Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let rest for at least 5 minutes or until ready to enjoy.

Yields 12 good sized empanadas


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