Empanadas de Peru
3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 lb butter
9 tbsp water
all purpose flour
extra for dusting
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 whole onion
2 tsp flour
2 tbsp water
2 lbs chicken thighs
boneless and skinless, fat trimmed
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp rocoto pepper
3 whole eggs
hardboiled and chopped
1/2 cup green olives
2 whole egg
1 whole egg yolk
1/2 cup water
Ham & Cheese Variation: Add sliced ham and a good melting cheese as the filling!
For the Dough
Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the salt, the sugar, and the baking powder.
Dice the cold butter into small cubes. Add the butter to the flour and using your hands, rub the mixture between your palms until it resembles the consistency of coarse corn meal.
Stir in the water, a little at a time, to make a soft and fairly sticky dough. *DO NOT OVER MIX* The dough will firm up after it chills.
Remove the dough from the bowl and roll into a 1” slab and wrap with plastic wrap. Cover with ice packs in the refrigerator for a few minutes until it is hard.
Turn chilled dough out onto a floured surface and cut into small portions. Take each portion and gently press them with a tortilla press until .25 inch thick.
Transfer these to a parchment lined baking sheet and separate them with additional sheets, if necessary. Keep chilled until ready to use.
For the Chicken Filling
Mix the paprika, cumin, chili powder, garlic and 1 tsp of salt together and rub over the chicken.
Preheat your grill.
Grill the chicken until it is cooked and let rest for 5 minutes. Dice your chicken in large cubes and pulse in a food processor until it is fine.
In a large sauté pan, cook your onions in the oil for 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Deglaze with the water.
Add the chicken, lime juice, sugar and minced rocoto pepper. Cook until flavors meld, about 2 minutes. Then add your chopped hard boiled eggs and green olives. Season appropriately, remove from heat and set aside.
To make the Empanadas
Preheat your oven to 425°F.
In a small bowl, mix together your eggs, egg yolk, and water for your eggwash.
On a lightly floured surface, lay your round of empanada dough in front of you. Put a spoonful of filling in the middle and paint a half ring of egg wash around the dough.
Seal the empanada by folding it over in a half moon shape making sure to get most of the air out as you close it. Crimp the edges of the empanada and set on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Brush egg wash over your empanadas and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.