1 ounce shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 1/4 cup)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon water
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and baking powder in a food processor; pulse to combine. Combine 1/3 cup oil and 5 tablespoons water. With processor on, slowly add oil mixture through food chute; process until dough is crumbly. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 1 minute; add additional flour, if necessary, to prevent dough from sticking. Gently press dough into a 5-inch disk; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes.
Arrange tomatillos, jalapeños, and 4 garlic cloves in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; lightly coat vegetables with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes or until charred. Combine tomatillo mixture, juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and sugar in a blender; pulse until finely chopped, scraping sides.
Reduce oven temperature to 400°.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Chop remaining 2 garlic cloves. Add garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add chicken and mushrooms; cook 6 minutes or until chicken is browned, stirring to crumble. Cool slightly. Add 1/2 cup tomatillo sauce, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and cheeses, stirring well to combine.
Combine egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Remove dough from refrigerator; let stand 5 minutes. Divide dough into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a ball. Roll each dough portion into a (6-inch) circle on a lightly floured surface. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to keep from drying), spoon 3 tablespoons chicken mixture into center of each circle. Moisten edges of dough with egg mixture; fold dough over filling. Press edges together with a fork to seal. Brush remaining egg mixture evenly over empanadas. Place empanadas on a parchment-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 24 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve immediately with remaining tomatillo sauce.
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Very tasty; easy to simplify by buying empanada dough (Goya has a package that is separated with sheets of plastic, like the old American cheese slices, and was just the right size for this recipe). I also left out the gruyere cheese without anyone being the wiser and made a couple of them dairy free altogether. I will say that the salsa was so spicy we found we needed yogurt, rather than more salsa, as a dip. Yum.
These are great! So tasty! I gave them four stars only because they're very labor intensive. The tomatillo sauce is spicy and delicious! I might take some of the seeds out of the jalapeno next time to tone it down. I know I wasn't measuring very carefully when I made the chicken filling. I guess I was all measured out after making the dough. My chicken was 9+ ounces, but I put it all in anyway. Really, what's a girl to do with a single leftover ounce of ground chicken!? Anyway, I had enough for two rounds of dough. I was making teeny tiny appetizer portions and ended up with something like 35-40 (maybe more). I'm excited to bring them to a party. They're even good when quickly reheated in the oven! I tested one just to make sure, and then two more to make sure the first one wasn't a fluke. ;)
This was a lot of work but they turned out good. I followed the recipe exactly. My only complaint is how long they took to prepare- took me about 2 hours from start to finish. Even my kids liked them, so that's always good! Also, if you roll he dough out flat enough, it makes 8.
I cannot speak for how the sauce is, as I used a short cut salsa. But the empanada recipe itself is a horrible waste of time. The dough only yielded enough for barely 4 empanadas. I couldn't fit all the chicken filling into the dough pockets. The dough also tore, (and I make bread at least a few times weekly.) Disappointed.