One of the foods I love from Puerto Rico and South America is Empanadas or little meat pies, the fillings can be endless from meat, veggie, seafood and even sweet. I remember once visiting a little place in Miami dedicated to them. I made a more British style pastry and made a shrimp filling. Our sweet girl and I really enjoyed rolling the pastry and filling these and to make them a little healthier we baked them.
Makes 10 small ones
For the pastry:
- plain flour 175g, 1 1/2 cups plus extra for rolling
- baking powder ½ tsp
- fine salt ½ tsp
- unsalted butter 100g (4 oz), cut into small cubes
- egg yolk
- milk a little
- 1 egg beaten for the glaze
- 1/2 cup shrimp
- 4 finely chopped spring onions
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 7 cherry tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl, add the butter, cut into small pieces and rub it into the flour till it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the egg yolk and then enough milk to make a soft but rollable dough. Pat into a ball and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Roll out into little disks fill with the shrimp mixture.
- To make the shrimp filling heat a little olive oil, add the onion, garlic and saute for 5 min, add the shrimp, tomato, pepper and spice and cook for 5-10 min
- Bake at 350 for 20 min
- enjoy ;-)
The day we made these we went over to my sweet Russian friends home for dinner and we took them along, she made a delicious beef pilaf and I got the recipe so will be sharing here soon. She grew up in Tajikistan and this was a dish from that region. I adore picking up new recipes to add to my repertoire, and I was proud of the kids that evening as there were other kids there who didn't touch it but mine tried it :-) love that they are willing to trying new cuisines.
What new dish have you learnt recently?