I’ve been wanting to make my own empanadas for a few years now… It’s all finally happening, so I hope you enjoy being bombarded with photos and recipes for different kinds of empanadas!
The best empanada I’ve ever tasted (thus far) is from this place called Casanova’s Restaurant. It’s a Venezuelan restaurant here that sells a lot of Venezuelan comfort food. My favorite empanada from there is the Pabellon Empanada. It’s so delicious! Shredded beef with black beans, plantains, and lots of cheese. Drizzled with the chef’s special green sauce (which I’m going to take a stab and say it’s cilantro with avocado mixed with mayo) and MMmmmMMMM!!! Heaven. Plan on falling into a food coma after eating there though, as just about every food item is composed of fried goodness.
The original recipe for these Empanadas de Puerros called for the empandas to be baked. It’s much healthier, but since it was only my second time making empanadas, I wanted to refine the timing of my frying. :) They are also just way too delicious not to indulge on while frying… I had set 2 or 3 small empanadas aside to be baked later. We’ll see if they still taste as delicious when baked.
In addition, I added more meat than the original recipe called for—although I did use turkey bacon instead of full-on thick pork bacon. I also added Mexican chorizo, though that was not intentional. I meant to add chorizo that can be cut like sausage…but since it was my first time buying chorizo, I didn’t realize that Mexican chorizo crumbles apart like ground meat when cooked. Oh well, it still turned out pretty tasty!
Next time I will not add the raisins. In the original recipe, the author thought that the empanadas needed a little sweetness to balance the flavors. However, I felt like the raisins were detracting from the strong flavors of the empanada. And although I used pepper-jack cheese and added paprika and cayenne pepper to the filling, the empanada was not as picante as I had wanted. Therefore, I added chili powder to the recipe below.
These can be eaten as a snack or as an appetizer if made small enough. They should give you enough energy to power through until dinnertime. :)
I hope you enjoy!!!