Empanada are basically stuffed pastries. Fillings can range from ordinary — beef or tuna — to the more high-brow — olives and raisings. Whatever the flavor, empanada make for both a hearty meal as well as a filling snack.
An empanada is one pastry that crosses income segments. It can be sold to the masses at mall kiosks, or to the well-heeled at Sunday neighborhood markets or even at 5-star hotels. It’s up to you to decide.
Start-up capital is P1,000, and time to finish is 2 hours.
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Chopping board
- Baking tray
For the crust:
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tomatoes, peeled
- 2 cups cooked beef, chopped
- 1/2 cup beef stock
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground cumin, P105 for 500 grams
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, make the crust. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Cut the shortening into the flour as though you were making a pie crust by working it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle dough with just enough cold water so that it will just hold together. Knead together briefly and allow to rest, covered about 10 minutes.
- Roll dough out on a lightly floured board to circles about 3-4 inches in diameter.
- Place a spoonful of empanada filling of your choice on one side of the circle. Moisten the edges of the circle with a small amount of water and fold the dough over the filling to make a half circle. Press the edges together to seal.
- You can opt to make a pattern on the edges of the crust by pressing on it with the tines of a fork. Vary your patterns if you are making empanadas with different fillings to distinguish one from the other.
- Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes.
To Make the Filling
- Saute onions and garlic in hot oil until translucent.
- Add meat, saute 5 more minutes. Stir in tomatoes, stock, and remaining ingredients.
- Simmer for 30 minutes.
How Much Will You Make
Bite-sized empanadas (which can be sold as snacks) can go for P15 to P20, depending on the filling. Larger empanadas and those with more expensive filling (like olives) can go for as much as P25 to P30 per piece. To cut down on costs, you may opt to use potatoes as fillers.