Argentinean Empanadas

Featured by Aconcagua in the International Wine Club.


1/2 cup shortening
2 onions, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tsp. Hungarian sweet paprika
3/4 tsp. hot paprika
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 Tbs. distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup pitted green olives, chopped
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
salt to taste
1 (17.5 oz) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed


In a saute pan melt the shortening and add the chopped onions. Cook the onions until just before they begin to turn golden. Remove from the heat and stir in the sweet paprika, hot paprika, crushed red pepper flakes and salt to taste. Spread the meat on a sieve and pour boiling water on it for partial cooking. Allow meat to cool. Place meat in a dish, add salt to taste, cumin and vinegar. Mix and add the meat to the onion mixture. Mix well and place on a flat dish to cool and harden. Cut puff pastry dough into 10 round shells. Place a spoonful of the meat mixture on each round; add some of the raisins, olives and hard boiled egg. Avoid reaching the edges of the pastry with the filling because its oiliness will prevent good sealing. Slightly wet the edge of the pastry, fold in two and stick edges together. The shape should resemble that of a half-moon. You should have a 2/3-1/2 inch flat edge of pastry to work with. Seal by twisting edge, step by step, between thumb and index finger, making sure to add pressure before releasing the pinch and moving on to the next curl. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place empanadas on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Prick each empanada with a fork near the curl to allow steam to escape during baking. Glaze with egg for shine and bake until golden, about 20-30 minutes.