Recipe: Empanadas S American

Title: Empanadas - S. American
Categories: Appetizers
Yield: 1 servings

2 c Flour, all purpose 1/2 ts Salt
2/3 c Shortening or lard 6 tb Water

-------------------------------DESSERT FRUIT-------------------------------
2 1/2 c Fruit 1 c Sugar
1 ts Cinnamon 1/2 ts Nutmeg

------------------------------CARNE ( ANY MEAT------------------------------
1 Onion 1 Pepper, green
1 tb Olive oil 8 oz Tomato paste
4 oz Water 1 tb Vinegar
Sal and Pepper to taste 1 lb Beef, sliced thinly

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the
shortening or lard till pieces are the size of small peas. Add a small
amount of water to slightly moisten. Form dough into a ball. Roll out the
dough to about 1/8 thick and cut into 4" circles. Flour lightly both side
of circles and then stack up for later use.

DESSERT FILLING: Just about any kind of fruit or melon may be used.
Combine ingredients and heat to thoroughly mix, coarse chop, so that
filling is chunky but bite-sized. Pumpkins is very good!!

CARNE: Just about any kind of meat may be used, depending on availability.
The sauce seems to be the only fairly consistent thing. Saute the onion and
green pepper in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 20
minutes. ( In S.A. this is continually cooked and prepared on the back
burner, often being used and added to for several months at a time. It
developes a flavor all its own...) Add meat and coat thoroughly with the

COOKING: Add a large spoonfull of one of the above mixtures to the center
of a dough circle. Place another circle on top. Fasten the two circles
together by reeding the edges with a fork. These may then be baked, at
around 350 degrees F until brown, deep fat fried, fried, cooked or heated
on a barbecue. They may also be wrapped in banana husks, well moistened
corn husks, etc. The object is to heat thoroughly, cooking the meat and
browning the outsides so they are dry enough to hold together.

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