Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Mushroom Empanadas

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 pound white or oyster mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 chiles de arbol, stemmed, seeded and finely ground, or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 bunch epazote or parsley, leaves only, roughly chopped

1 recipe Corn Tortilla Dough, recipe follows

1 cup grated cheese mix (see Note)

4 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Salsa

1 cup shredded cabbage

1 cup crema, recipe above, creme fraiche or sour cream

Corn Tortilla Dough:

4 cups finely ground deep yellow masa harina

2 3/4 cups cold water

1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions until they just begin to brown. Then stir in the garlic and cook until the aroma is released, about 1 minute longer. Add the mushrooms, salt, pepper and arbol chiles. Continue cooking until the mushrooms soften, 5 minutes. Stir in the epazote or parsley and briefly cook just to release its flavor, about a minute. Set aside to cool.
  2. Divide the corn tortilla dough into 16 equal balls and flatten to 1/4-inch thick, 3-inch circles Divide the cooled mushroom mixture into 16 portions.
  3. Lightly coat one side of each tortilla with the remaining softened butter. Place the mushroom mixture in the center and top with 1 tablespoon of the grated cheese mixture. Fold over to enclose and pinch the edges together tightly to seal. Refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap, a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
  4. Pour the oil into a medium saucepan and place over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, fry the empanadas, a few at a time, until they color slightly and rise to the surface, about 7 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  5. To serve, split each empanada open along the seam and garnish with 1 tablespoon each salsa, cabbage, crema, creme fraiche or sour cream. Serve hot.
  6. Note: Use a mixture of equal parts of the following cheeses: Mexican Manchego (substitute Monterey Jack or Muenster if unavailable), Anejo (substitute Romano or dried feta), and Panela (substitute ricotta or dry cottage cheese).

Corn Tortilla Dough:

  1. Combine the masa harina, water and salt in a large mixing bowl, and stir until smooth. The dough should be slightly sticky and form a ball when pressed together. To test, flatten a small ball of dough between your palms. If the edges crack, add water to the dough, a tablespoon at a time, until a test piece does not crack.
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