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Empanaditas con Papas y Chorizo (Little Empanadas with Potatoes and Chorizo)

Empanaditas con Papas y Chorizo (Little Empanadas with Potatoes and Chorizo)

These mini-empanadas, which would be at home on a Spanish tapas platter, are an example of how Nestle makes a meal from appetizer portions. Mexican chorizo is made with fresh pork (as opposed to Spanish-style chorizo made with smoked pork). It crumbles and distributes well so you can use a small amount to good effect.

Cooking Light AUGUST 2007

  • Yield: 12 empanaditas (serving size: 1 empanadita)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 9 tablespoons ice water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 2 ounces fresh chorizo
  • 2 cups diced Yukon gold potato (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot paprika
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Preparation

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add butter; pulse 4 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor on, slowly add 1/2 cup ice water and vinegar through food chute, processing just until combined (do not form a ball). Gently press mixture into 2 (5-inch) circles on plastic wrap; cover. Chill for 1 hour.

Remove chorizo from casings. Cook chorizo in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble.

Place potato in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 8 minutes or until tender; drain. Place in a large bowl; mash with a potato masher. Add chorizo, paprika, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir until well combined.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Remove dough from refrigerator, and halve each disc. Place 1 dough portion between 2 sheets of wax paper. Roll into a 1/4-inch thickness; cut 2 (3-inch) circles with a biscuit cutter. Repeat procedure with the remaining dough portions. Combine excess dough, roll to 1/4-inch-thickness, and cut 4 (3-inch) circles with a biscuit cutter. Working with 1 circle at a time (cover remaining circles with a damp towel to prevent drying), spoon 1 tablespoon potato mixture into center of each circle; fold dough over filling. Press edges together with a fork to seal. Place empanadita on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining dough circles and potato mixture. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon water and egg white. Lightly brush tops of empanaditas with egg mixture. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 144
  • Calories from fat: 31%
  • Fat: 4.9g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 4.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 20.5g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg
  • Iron: 1.3mg
  • Sodium: 222mg
  • Calcium: 27mg
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