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Empanadas de Espinaca (Spinach Empanadas)

Yield Makes about 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup lard or shortening
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons cold water
  • Spinach Filling
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl; cut in lard and butter with a pastry blender. Stir in egg and enough water to make a soft dough. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

  2. Divide dough into four portions. Place one portion of dough on a lightly floured surface. Chill remaining dough.

  3. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness; cut dough into 6 circles using a 3 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, re-rolling dough if necessary.

  4. Place 2 teaspoons Spinach Filling in center of circle; brush edges lightly with water. Fold edges over, and press firmly with a fork to seal. Set aside. Repeat with remaining dough circles and filling.

  5. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches in a Dutch oven; heat oil to 365°. Fry empanadas, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.