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Empanada Gallega

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  Flour 5 Cup (80 tbs)
  Butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Eggs 2
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Cold water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Lard 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Onions 4 Medium
  Salt To Taste
  Ground black pepper To Taste
  Chorizo sausage/Pepperoni sausage 1⁄2 Pound
  Pork 1 Pound
  Cured ham 1⁄2 Pound
  Veal 1⁄2 Pound
  Saffron 1 Pinch
  Hot chili pepper/A pinch of cayenne pepper 1
  Egg yolk 1
  Water 1 Tablespoon
  Saffron strands 1

Put flour on a table or marble slab.
Make a hole in the center for the baking powder, butter, salt, water, and eggs.
Blend well with hands until it makes a cohesive mass which does not stick to the fingers.
Let dough rest in a warm place in a bowl covered with a damp cloth while preparing the filling.
Heat lard.
Fry onion very slowly in large, covered frying pan.
Before onion,takes on color, add chorizo (or pepperoni), skinned and cut in slices; pork, ham, and veal in small cubes; minced chili pepper, and a pinch of saffron previously ground in a mortar or bowl.
Season mixture with salt and ground black pepper.
Cover it and cook slowly about 45 minutes or until all meat is tender..
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Divide dough in two and roll each part out on lightly floured surface.
Lift one piecer of rolled dough carefully onto greased baking sheet.
Put all the filling on it except for 2 tb of the liquid which should be reserved for later use.
Leave a 1/2 inch margin around the edges of the dough.
Lift the second piece over the filling, seal by pressing edges together, and brush top of pastry with an egg yolk beaten with 1 TB cold water and a stigma of crushed saffron.
Make an air hole the thickness of a pencil in the middle of the .
Bake pastry approximately 15 minutes in a 450 F oven.
When it is browned, remove it, and pour through the air hole the 2 tb of liquid reserved.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1699 Calories from Fat 816

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 91 g139.5%

Saturated Fat 39.1 g195.6%

Trans Fat 0.1 g

Cholesterol 437.6 mg145.9%

Sodium 1660.8 mg69.2%

Total Carbohydrates 141 g46.8%

Dietary Fiber 7.8 g31.3%

Sugars 9.5 g

Protein 77 g153.3%

Vitamin A 18.3% Vitamin C 35.8%

Calcium 21.5% Iron 57.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Empanada Gallega Recipe