I had a tapas party on the weekend, and it was yummy! It was a potluck event so everyone brought something, mostly along the Spanish/Latin theme. One friend made some awesome guacamole (shout-out to G!), another made a delicious mango salsa, another made a Martha Stewart feta-oregano-cucumber dish, and yet another made sugar cookies topped with homemade candied lemon peel. And I made empanadillas (little empanadas), croquetas (think deep-fried mashed potato nuggets, but grown-up), a caramel flan (with crumbled toffee and spun sugar) served with caramel sauce, and white wine sangria. I’m hungry again just listing all the food!
All the dishes were a big hit, so I’m sharing the ones that I made here, starting with the empanadillas! It’s way, way, WAY easy! Take my Easiest Pizza Dough in the History of Ever, and fill with a mixture of taco-seasoned ground meat (I used Yve’s veggie ground round, a soy-based ground beef substitute), pan-fried mushrooms, onions, garlic, and cheddar cheese. It makes for a meaty, cheesy, mushroom-y bite of crispy, fluffy dough! I made another batch tonight, and the DH and I snacked on them before I commandeered the rest and packed them for lunches, and to offer a houseguest who arrives tomorrow.
Want to make some too? Let’s!
- 1 batch pizza dough (make your own 5-minute dough)
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 3/4 c. grated cheddar cheese
- 1 pkg. Yves’ ground round
- 1/2 pkg. taco seasoning
- 1/2 pkg. mushrooms, chopped
- 1 tbsp. oil
- 1 egg (you won’t use it all)
Make the dough and set aside. Melt 1 tbsp. butter in a frying pan and fry up the onion, garlic, and mushrooms until golden and fragrant. Set aside. Melt a tbsp. butter in a frying pan and fry up the ground round and taco seasoning until hot and aromatic. Mix the meat with the mushroom mixture and add in the cheese.
Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Smush each piece into a circle and add a spoon of the filling in the centre. Fold over and seal dough by pinching shut. Repeat with all dough pieces. Brush tops with beaten egg. Bake in 450 degree oven for 15 minutes. Serve warm and bask in the impressed glances of friends and family! Latin cooking — it’s easy!
Once you get the basic idea, it’s easy to mix up the filling. Often I make a variation of these with leftover seasoned taco-meat from a homemade taco dinner, which is where I got this idea from. I just freeze the leftover seasoned “meat” and then pull it out of the freezer and add in cheese and mushrooms whenever I feel like empanadas.
I think they’d be great with ground sausage, or pepperoni, tomato sauce, and cheese, for a mini panzerotti sort of appetizer. Or you could make them bigger, as a meal in and of itself. What filling would you prefer? Let me know in the comments!
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