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Traditionally empanadas are little pockets filled with cheese and minced meat. These empanadas are made with onion, peppers and mushrooms. Empanadas can be baked or fried, I fried them. I made these Empanadas with homemade dough but store bought pie crust works well too.

I used a Kajjikayalu – Andhra Sweet press to make these empanadas. If you don’t have the Kajjikaya press, just fold it in half and press it with a fork on the edges.

Serve them with some Homemade Sour Cream.

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Resting Time : 1 hour

Makes : 15 Empanadas

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

All purpose flour : 3 cups

Salt : 1 teaspoon

Baking powder : 1 teaspoon

Cold butter : 1 stick/ 1/2 cup cut into cubes

Water : 3/4 cup

Egg : 1 large

For Filling:

Extra virgin olive oil : 1 tablespoon

Onion : 1 large chopped

Garlic : 4 cloves minced

Red, yellow and green peppers : 2 cups chopped

Mushrooms : 1 1/2 cups chopped

Tomato paste : 2 tablespoons

Dried Oregano : 1 teaspoon

Ground Cumin : 1 teaspoon

Paprika : 1/2 teaspoon

Ground black pepper : 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Tomatoes : 1/2 cup chopped

Shredded Cheddar cheese : 1 1/2 cups

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, add all ingredients listed under for dough, mix well and knead until the dough is elastic. It takes about 7 minutes.

Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with cling wrap and let it rest for 1 hour.

Heat oil in a pan, add onion and saute until they turn translucent. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add peppers, mushrooms and saute for 3-4 minutes.

Add tomato paste, dried oregano, cumin, paprika, black pepper, salt, mix well to combine and cook for 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes. Turn off the stove and let it cool a little.

Take the dough, make 15 equal size balls and press into discs on a lightly floured surface.

Take the disk, place it on Kajjikaya press, put a teaspoon of cheese, a tablespoon of meat mixture, wet around to close with water. Close it and remove from the press. Keep them aisde.

Heat oil for deep frying and place 3-4 empanadas at a time and fry till they turn golden brown.

Serve hot with some sour cream.