Meaty Empanadas

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 35 Minutes
Chill: 1 Hours

Ingredients

3/4 pound ground beef
1/4 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 (7.5-ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Vegetable oil
Toppings: salsa and sour cream

Preparation

Cook ground beef and sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until mixture crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet.

Sauté onion in hot drippings 5 minutes or until tender. Add mushrooms; sauté 2 minutes.

Return beef mixture to skillet; stir in tomato sauce and Cajun seasoning. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Cool completely. Stir in cheese. Cover and chill thoroughly.

Roll biscuits into 4-inch circles on a lightly floured surface. Spoon 1 tablespoon beef mixture in center of each circle; brush edges with egg. Fold edges over, pressing with a fork to seal. Place on baking sheets, and cover with a damp cloth. Chill up to 2 hours, if desired.

Pour oil to a depth of 1/2 inch into a Dutch oven. Fry empanadas in hot oil, in batches, 30 seconds on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels; serve with desired toppings.

Vivian Waters, Thomasville, Georgia,

Southern Living

May 2005
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