Delicious No-Yeast, No-Oven Empanadas

Are you craving a mouthwatering snack that’s easy to make at home? Look no further! In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to create the most delicious empanadas you’ve ever tasted, without the need for yeast or an oven. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, everyone can become a master empanada chef in no time!

Introduction

Are you ready to embark on a culinary adventure? Today, I’ll share with you my favorite recipe for making empanadas that are crispy on the outside, filled with savory goodness on the inside, and best of all, require no yeast or oven. Whether you’re a novice cook or a seasoned chef, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. So, grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

Ingredients

To make these delectable empanadas, you’ll need:

  • 3.2 fluid ounces of water
  • 1.5 grams of salt (or 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 150 grams of flour (about 1 cup)

For the filling, gather:

  • 30 grams of green onion (or about 1 cup)
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • 50 grams of cheese (or about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 20 grams of salted butter (or about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • Oil for frying

Making the Dough

  1. Combine Water and Salt: In a clean bowl, mix the water and salt until dissolved.
  2. Add Flour: Gradually add the flour to the water mixture, stirring until well combined.
  3. Knead the Dough: With clean hands, knead the dough until it is smooth and no longer sticky. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Divide and Shape: Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and shape them into balls.

Preparing the Filling

  1. Chop Green Onions: Wash and dry the green onions, then chop them finely.
  2. Mix with Baking Soda: Place the chopped green onions in a bowl and add a pinch of baking soda, mixing well.
  3. Prepare Dusting Mixture: Combine the flour and cornstarch to create a dusting mixture for your work surface.

Assembly

  1. Roll Out Dough: Roll each dough ball into a circle about 7 inches in diameter.
  2. Layer and Flatten: Stack the dough circles on top of each other and roll them out together into a larger circle, about 11 inches in diameter.
  3. Add Filling: Spread melted butter on each dough circle and sprinkle the green onion mixture and cheese evenly.
  4. Fold and Seal: Fold the dough over the filling and seal the edges firmly.

Cooking

  1. Heat Oil: Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Fry Empanadas: Fry the empanadas for about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.

Folding Methods

Method 1: Half-Moon Fold

  1. Place the filling on one half of the dough circle.
  2. Fold the other half over the filling to create a half-moon shape.
  3. Seal the edges firmly with a fork.

Method 2: Braided Edge

  1. Cut slits along the edge of the dough circle.
  2. Fold the slits over the filling in a braided pattern.
  3. Press the edges to seal.

Serving Suggestions

These delicious empanadas are perfect for any occasion! Serve them hot with your favorite dipping sauce or enjoy them cold as a quick snack on the go. Pair them with a crisp salad or savory salsa for a complete meal.

Conclusion

In conclusion, making homemade empanadas is easier than you think! With just a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen skills, you can create a culinary masterpiece that will impress your friends and family. So, what are you waiting for? Get creative in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these mouthwatering treats today!

FAQs

1. Can I make the dough ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the dough in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before assembling and cooking the empanadas.

2. Can I freeze the empanadas for later? Absolutely! Once cooked, allow the empanadas to cool completely, then store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

3. Can I customize the filling? Of course! Feel free to experiment with different fillings such as shredded chicken, beef, or vegetables to suit your taste preferences.

4. Can I bake the empanadas instead of frying them? While frying provides a crispy texture, you can bake the empanadas in a preheated oven at 375°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown for a healthier alternative.

5. Can I make these empanadas gluten-free? Yes, you can substitute the regular flour with a gluten-free flour blend to make gluten-free empanadas. Just be sure to adjust the measurements accordingly for the best results.

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