Brazilian Empanadas

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
45 min
30 min

20 servings

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 (14-ounce) can hearts of palm, drained and palms cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup Sherry
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Oil, for frying
  • Sift together the flour, salt, and tumeric. Work in the butter and shortening until it has a cornmeal-like consistency. Add the egg and the beer, and work until incorporated. Cover with a wet towel, and rest for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, saute the onion, tomatoes, and hearts of palm in butter for 2 to 3 minutes, until soft. Deglaze with the Sherry. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool to room temperature.

  • Preheat oil to 350 degrees F.

  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls and flatten into rounds approximately 3-inches in diameter. Spoon 1 tablespoon of stuffing onto each round, fold the dough in half, brush edges with egg yolk, and pinch to seal. Fry the empanadas for 4 minutes.

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