Kulinarya - Empanadas

The Kulinarya dish this month was picked by me. I wanted to pick something that I have never made before. So I picked Empanadas. This is the Filipino version which can be made with a pork, fish or beef filling. The pastry is quite sweet and it is normally fried.

When I was looking for a recipe for Empanadas I came across one of my mums cookbooks. It was so old and worn out. It was actually owned by my Lola (Grandmother). It was written in 1969.

The recip below is a translated version from the book Lutuing Pilipino.

Empanada Crust

4 cups of flour
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
2 egg yolks

1. In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.
2. Combine the water and egg yolks and whisk.
3. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until it is combined. (You may need a little extra water for the mixture)
4. Set the prepared dough aside while you make the filling

Empanada Filling


1/2 kilo pork mince
1 can mini sausages (I used the Plumrose brand, cut them into cubes)
1 large potato (cut into small cubes)
1/3 cup pickle relish
2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
ground black pepper

1. Brown the mince in a pan, add the sausages, potato, pickle relish, black pepper, and oyster sauce.
2. Stir the mixture until it is well combine and simmer for 5 minutes. Once the potato is just cooked take it off the heat and set aside until it is cooled.

To put the Empanada together you will need 3 boiled chicken eggs and 1/2 cup grated cheese to add to the filling.

Putting the Empanada together

1. Take a small ball of the dough and roll it out into a circle.
2. Add a spoonful of the mixture and top with some grated cheese and a slice of egg.
3. Fold one end of the dough over to make a half moon.
4. Pleat the top of the Empanadas and set aside for frying.
5. Deep fry the Empanadas until they are a golden brown. Make sure you watch this as there is sugar in the dough mixture, which causes the Empanadas to burn easily.

This recipe is extremely easy and the end result is a flakey, sweet and delicious Empanada.

Kulinarya was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney, who are passionate about the Filipino culture and its colourful cuisine. Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes. By sharing these recipes, we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino Food as we do.

If you’re interested in joining our Kulinarya Cooking Club, please feel free to drop by our foodblogs and leave a comment – we would love to hear from you!

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Mark @ Cafe Campana (March 21, 2010)  

These look really cool. Perfect for a snack or party food. Once again another great insight into Filipino cuisine.

Catherine (March 21, 2010)  

These look stunning! I have some leftover filo pastry in the fridge, do you think I could use them for this? Mmmmm!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) (March 21, 2010)  

I love Empanadas byt haven't tried one with pork and oyster sauce! Very interesting recipe.

Tangled Noodle (March 21, 2010)  

This is wonderful! I've been wanting to make empanadas from scratch - the only ones I've made so far involved using pre-made pastry dough. Your recipe here looks absolutely delicious and something I can definitely manage! Now I'm really looking forward to the rest of KCC's entries for this month. 8-)

Sarah Vino (March 21, 2010)  

Hey love your blog! And great pictures too. Thanks for the recipe nice to know :)

Trissa (March 21, 2010)  

Yum Kath! I love the way you pleated the empanadas - they are perfect! Well done on the Kulinarya challenge this month. I will have to try the pickle relish next time - so interesting. It reminds me of embutido filling.

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ (March 21, 2010)  

Kath, that recipe book is for keeps... I'm curious what other recipes it has...
You've done a great job here. Same here it was my first time too ... hehe... but you did it with so much TLC!

Renita (March 21, 2010)  

Well done! I can never pleat properly, your empanadas look great. Oyster sauce gives it that extra sweetness aye? ;)

Conor @ HoldtheBeef (March 21, 2010)  

Great choice of dish, Kath! Yours look delightful, they're asking to be picked up and eaten!

That book is fantastic, too, it looks so utterly loved to death :)

billy@ATFT (March 21, 2010)  

woah that cookbook is gold! i wish i have some cookbooks as old as that! love empanadas, is fascinating to see so many filipino food apadated from spanish and portugese food.

Trisha (March 21, 2010)  

Love how you pleated it Kath! How did you do it? This is really great and oohh I'm curious about the cookbook.... maybe one day I can borrow it and get my hands on some good old fashioned Aling Charing cooking? Thanks once again for a crazy and wonderful KCC dish!!

Sophie (March 22, 2010)  

Waw,...your home made empanada's & your filling look so tasty & superb even!

cusinera (March 22, 2010)  

i got a aling charing cookbook too but the newer small one, i was going to do the dough in that book but was a bit hesitant as it doesn't have butter but you prove me wrong, your pastry looks really nice, love your theme this month!

Chef Aimee (March 22, 2010)  

These empanadas look absolutely delicious - what a perfect outside crust.

Olive (March 22, 2010)  

your empanada looks delicious, nicely pleated and the filling sounds really good..Great job Kath! :)

Caroline (March 22, 2010)  

Thanks for choosing empanada for our theme this month, Kath. I, too haven't made empanada before this but now am ready for more! :) You look like an expert empanada-maker, your pleats are perfect!

Cherrie Pie (March 22, 2010)  

Your pastry look great. I love the addition of mini sausages and pickled relish. Sounds delish

Juliana (March 23, 2010)  

Wow, nice empanadas...look so tasty and the filling with pork and sausage sure sounds delicious!

Helen (grabyourfork) (March 23, 2010)  

Yum this looks so tasty. Interesting to see how this dish has been adapted for local ingredients like oyster sauce. And your pleats do look very professional!

noobcook (March 23, 2010)  

your empanadas look fab! Love the look of the old cookbook - it looks like there are really good recipes inside there!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella (March 23, 2010)  

Ooh these remind me of curry puffs (which I happen to love tremendously!) :P

panda (March 23, 2010)  

these look yummy; definitely something i can gobble up a handful of. and loving the cookbook also - i get fascinated when i discover old cookbooks because they often have some of the most fascinating recipes :)

Confession Nook (March 24, 2010)  

Hi Kath!

Thanks for this month's challenge...i like the sound of oyster sauce inside the empanada..yours looked really crispylicious!

Looking forward to more of Kulinarya! Mabuhay Pinoy food!

Belle@Ooh, Look (March 24, 2010)  

Great choice of dish! Your empanandas look gorgeous.

muffinsareuglycupcakes (March 25, 2010)  

this looks stunning!
dont think i'll ever pleat puffs that nicely..
mmm. time for lunch!
though i wont be seeing any of these filipino food :(

Ninette (March 29, 2010)  

Thanks for picking empanadas. I had to use premade pie dough, although I much prefer the sweeter homemade dough.

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