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Filipino Meat Pastry


Quantity  Ingredient
3/4 lbs  ground beef
1-1/2 medium  potatoes peeled and diced
1 small  onion chopped
2 cloves  garlic minced
8 oz can sweet peas
2 Tbsp  Canola oil
  salt and pepper to taste (season throughout cooking process)

1. Sauté garlic and onion in hot oil 
2. Add ground beef and sauté until meat is brown
3. Drain excess fat
4. Add potatoes, cook until potatoes are tender
5. Add peas
6. Adjust seasonings
7. Remove from heat, let cool





5 cups all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 whole eggs lightly beaten
3/4 cups sugar, make a syrup with 1/3 cup water, simmered until sugar dissolves let cool
2 ounces melted butter, cooled
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water  
  1. Sift the flour with the baking powder and the salt.

  2. Pour this into a large bowl.

  3. Use the back of a wooden spoon to make a well in the center of the dry mixture

  4. Pour in the rest of the wet ingredients into the well. Work this with a fork, trying to bring together all the ingredients but never beating or mixing. Once it’s all "together" and not're ready to make Empanadas.



  1. Prepare your table by spreading some flour to keep the mixture from sticking. You will need a roller, a knife and a fork. Your filling should be at hand.

  2. Take a small amount of the flour mixture (a ball that can fit in your hand) and you roll it out in the shape of a plate to a thickness of about 1/8-inch.

  3. Take a spoonful of the filling and place it in the middle half of the pastry and fold the top over the filling to look like a half moon.

  4. Seal the inside of the pastry by wetting your fingers with water and rubbing the border of the half moon.

  5. Take a knife (a pizza cutter will also work) and cut a perfect pastry half-moon.

  6.  Now take the fork and press down the borders of the circular shape to seal.

  7. Fry the half moon in hot oil.  

Prep Time: 1 hours 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes