For the special “Recipes from the world” by Amica Natura, we are leaving today to Argentina, to discover a famous local recipe, tasty, nutritious, with healthy and genuine ingredients: the tasty empanadas.
The empanadas are perfect to be prepared at home, but also to be included in the menu for all those who want to delight customers with a touch of South America flavour. The empanadas stuffed with meat are in fact also a beloved and lively street food, to be shared in moments together with family and friends.
Crispy outside, stuffed with a delicious minced meat with sauce inside, the empanadas are a really irresistible preparation.
Brief history of the famous empanadas
The empanadas are a rich dish typical of Spain and South America, initially served during the Creole music festivals, the origin is not exactly known. It is said that the recipe comes from the Spaniards who in turn are said to have “stolen” from the Arab culinary traditions. In Argentina he was preparing for the great return party of the “Gauchos” from the Pampas (the vast plains for farming located in Argentina).
The recipe of empanadas stuffed with minced beef
For empanadas (for about 4 people)
90 ml of water
half teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
200 g White flour
For the stuffing
180 g of organic ground beef Amica Natura
a handful of pitted black and green olives
half a glass of white wine
a knob of butter
salt and pepper
a teaspoon of cumin seeds
a teaspoon of sweet paprika
chopped coriander q.b..
Take a bowl and add the flour, salt, beaten egg and oil. Knead and slowly add the water, mix and knead until you get a homogeneous and compact dough. Wrap with the film and allow it to rest for two hours at room temperature.
Meanwhile in a pan add the butter and fry the finely chopped onions. Add the potatoes cut into cubes, add flavor. Add the minced meat and cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Blend with white wine. Add the olives. Cook an hour more on low heat while continuing to mix. When almost cooked, add the paprika, cumin, salt and pepper, chopped coriander.
Resume the dough empanadas and spread it on a floured surface, helping yourself with a rolling pin. Make circles with a coppapasta (12-14 cm). Fill half of the circle with the minced meat, close and seal with the help of a fork. Brush with the beaten egg yolk and bake at 180 degrees, in a previously heated oven, for about 20 minutes. Alternatively, fry in sunflower oil (at an appropriate temperature) and remove when the empanadas become golden. Serve hot.
Spring time will come soon. And this will be the delicious and perfect recipe for the famous falafel or the tasty soy meatballs Amica Natura, to surprise and delight your guests. An exotic preparation, with delicious spicy notes, which immediately remember the summer season and special aperitifs to share, outdoors.
Try it to give an Oriental appeal to the appetizer or dinner! To cook the aubergines you can opt for the oven or the grill, to give the characteristic smoky scent. Perfect accompanied by fresh and juicy tomatoes cut into small cubes with fresh basil or coriander, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and white pepper.
1 garlic glove
2 purple aubergines
some mint leaves
extravirgin olive oil
40 gr sesame or tahina paste
Wash the aubergines and make small incisions for length, to let the bitter liquid out and obtain a more pleasant taste. Cover the baking sheet with baking paper and bake in a hot oven at 180-200 degrees for 40 minutes. Let the aubergines cool, peel them gently and remove the pulp for good.
In a mixer, add a little chopped mint, the crushed garlic clove, lemon, salt and pepper, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, sesame paste and mix everything at minimum speed. Leave to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and then serve with falafel or soy meatballs.