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Gourmet Beef Empanadas

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Ingredients
For filling
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon
  Chopped onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ground beef 3⁄4 Pound
  Tomato 1 Large, peeled and chopped
  Canned chopped green chiles 4 Ounce, undrained (1 can)
  Chopped seedless raisins 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
For pastry
  All purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Shortening 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ice water 5 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
For Filling
1) In large non-stick pan, heat butter in saute onion until tender.
2) Mix in the beef; saute until no longer red.
3) Stir in the tomatoes, chiles, raisins and 1 teaspoon salt.
4) Lower the heat, stirring occasionally for 20 to 25 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.
5) Take the pan off the heat.

MAKING
For Pastry
6) In a bowl, place together flour and salt.
7) Using pastry blender, cut in 1/2 cup shortening until well blended.
8) Dredge with ice water; stirring with fork until mixture holds together.
9) Shape the dough into a ball.
10) Lightly dust the work surface with flour.
11) Portion pastry into 12 pieces, on the work surface roll each piece into a 5-inch round.
12) Stuff about 1/4 cup filling on one-half of each round.
13) Fold over other half and press edges together with finger to seal; press edges with tines of fork.

FINALIZING
14) In deep, heavy saucepan or wok, slowly heat oil to 375F on deep-frying thermometer.
15) Slowly drop beef pies, few at a time, into hot oil.
16) Cook until golden-brown on both sides -€” 3 to 4 minutes.
17) Remove the pie using perforated ladle and place on paper towels.

SERVING
18) Serve hot, dredged lightly with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Spanish
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Deep Fried
Dish: 
Pie
Occasion: 
Thanksgiving
Ingredient: 
Beef
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
45 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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