Artichoke and Tomato Empanadas
These savory turnovers are filled with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and herbs. They're a great hot appetizer for parties or holiday gatherings.
Yield: 2 dozen Prep 45 mins Bake 375°F 22 mins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons cold butter or margarine, cut-up
- 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 3 - 4 tablespoons cold water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 9 ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, cooked according to package directions
- 3 plum tomatoes, diced
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup coarsely shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1. For pastry, combine flour, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in food processor; pulse to blend. Add butter and shortening; pulse until butter is the size of small peas. Combine 3 tablespoons water and the vinegar in a cup. Add liquid through feed tube, pulsing just until dough starts to come together (add remaining 1 tablespoon water if necessary). Gather dough into a ball; press into a disk. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, for filling, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook just until softened, 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; add artichokes, tomatoes, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; cook 2 to 5 minutes more, until tomatoes are softened and mixture is slightly golden. Cool. Transfer filling to processor and pulse until very finely chopped. Transfer to bowl and stir in cheeses.
3. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 large jelly-roll pans or cookie sheets.
4. Unwrap pastry. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into a 14-1/2-inch circle, 1/8-inch thick. With a 3-inch round biscuit cutter or top of a glass, cut out as many circles as possible, rerolling scraps. Reroll each circle until 3-1/2 inches in diameter. Fill center of each circle with a slightly mounded 1 tablespoon of filling; fold circles in half and press along edges. Brush tops with egg; transfer to prepared pans.
5. Bake empanadas 22 to 28 minutes, switching pans once halfway through, until golden.
Make Ahead Tip
- Cool empanadas completely. Freeze on cookie sheet until firm; transfer to large resealable plastic storage bag and freeze up to 2 weeks. Reheat in 350 degree F oven 10 to 15 minutes.
- Fat, total(g)7,
- sat. fat(g)3,
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet