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National dish of Argentina

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  • Independence: 1. 5. 1853
  • Capital: Buenos Aires
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Population: 41 660 417
  • Area: 2 780 400 km2
  • International code: AR
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Empanadas

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon 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 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
Empanadas is national food (dish) of Argentina

Instructions:

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 to 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 to 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. Other sealing procedures like pinching without curling or using a fork to seal will not prevent juice leaks during baking, and empanadas must be juicy. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Place empanadas on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Be sure to 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 to 30 minutes.

Info:

Empanadas trace their origins to Galicia and Portugal. They first appeared in medieval Iberia during the time of the Moorish invasions. A cookbook published in Catalan in 1520, the Libre del Coch by Ruperto de Nola, mentions empanadas filled with seafood among its recipes of Catalan, Italian, French, and Arabian food. In turn, empanadas and the similar calzones are both believed to be derived from the Indian meat-filled pies, samosas. All these pastries have common origins in India and the Middle East. In Galicia and Portugal, an "empada" is prepared similarly to a large pie which is then cut in pieces, making it a portable and hearty meal for working people. The fillings of Galician and Portuguese empanadas usually include either tuna, sardines, or chorizo, but can instead contain cod or pork loin. The meat or fish is commonly in a tomato, garlic, and onion sauce inside the dough. Due to the Portuguese colonization of Brazil and a large number of Galician immigrants in Latin America, the empadas and empanadas gallegas has also became popular in those areas. In Sardinia, the salad cake is named sa panada (meaning "meat ball cake"), or impadas. The dish was carried to Brazil and Indonesia by Portuguese colonizers, where they remain very popular, and to the Hispanic America and Philippines by Spanish colonizers. Empanadas in Latin America, the Philippines, and Indonesia have various fillings, detailed below.

 
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