Recipe courtesy of Thalia Patillo
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Thalia's Fiesta Empanadas (Patelitos)
Total:
50 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
10 large or 15 small empanadas (patelitos)
Level:
Easy
Total:
50 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
10 large or 15 small empanadas (patelitos)
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Fiesta Filling:

Sprinkle the turkey with adobo, salt, and pepper. Mix together with hands.

In a large skillet over a low flame, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, potato, and red pepper and saute. Add the meat, sofrito, and tomato paste. Break up the meat thoroughly with a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook until the mixture is fully cooked, about 30 minutes, then stir in the cilantro.

Drain excess liquid and transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the pineapple and mix well with a wooden spoon.

Frying Fiesta Empanadas:

In a large skillet heat the canola oil over medium heat.

If using small empanada shells put 2 heaping tablespoons (3 tablespoons for the larger shells) of the mixture into the center. Fold the dough over and seal it using a fork to crimp the edges. Repeat this process for all of the empanadas and set them aside without letting them touch each another.

The oil will sizzle when you test it by dipping a corner of a completed empanada in it.

Working in batches, fry the empanadas for approximately 3 minutes on each side. Don't crowd the pan. Make sure your empanadas are not touching each other while frying. When golden brown on both sides transfer them to paper towels to drain. Arrange them on a serving platter, let cool slightly and serve.

Cook's Note

Some people like them served plain (like me I love to savor the flavors). Others prefer ketchup, hot sauce, or a cilantro olive oil sauce alongside their empanada. Buen Provecho!!!

A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. It has not been tested for home use.

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