Pulled Pork Empanadas with Apple Chimichurri

Total Time:
45 min
25 min
20 min

8 to 10 empanadas

  • Pork marinade:
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon Neely's BBQ Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground garam masala
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups chopped pulled pork
  • Cornbread Dough:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups fine cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut in small cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 tablespoons dehydrated lemon peel
  • 1 cup roughly chopped corn kernels
  • Water, for sealing
  • Special equipment: 5-inch round cookie cutter
  • Apple Chimichurri:
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons, for sauteing
  • 1 cup cored diced apples, skin on
  • 3 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Watch how to make this recipe. For the pork:
  • In a small bowl mix together all ingredients except pork. Add the pork to a large bowl, pour in the marinade mixture and mix together until the pork is well coated.

  • For the dough:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar and cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs and mix in the water, lemon juice, milk, lemon peel and corn. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and combine to form a soft and pliable dough. Knead the dough until fully mixed. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 5-inch rounds.

  • Fill each round with 1 to 2 tablespoons of meat filling. Fold the dough in half and dab the edges with water to seal. There should be a 1/2-inch of dough to work with to form the seal. For a tight seal, press with the tines of a fork all around the edge of the empanada. Transfer the empanadas to a lightly buttered baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Arrange the empanadas on a serving platter.

  • For the chimichurri:

  • In a small saute pan over medium-low heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the apples, lemon juice, parsley, onions and apple cider vinegar and saute until onions and apples become soft, about 3 minutes.

  • In a serving bowl, add 6 tablespoon olive oil. Add the sauted apple mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve on top of the empanadas.

  • A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.

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