Prep: 140 minutes | Bake: 15 min | Yield: 30-48 empanadas
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, very cold
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
⅓ cup (very cold) vegetable shortening, or vegetable oil
½ cup ice water
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
2 lbs. ground pork
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 gloves garlic, diced
Salt and black pepper
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 (8 oz) packages shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese
6 oz cream cheese, soften
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, pureed
¼ cup chopped red pepper
2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
10 black olives, chopped
¼ cup sweet green peas, optional
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon hot paprika
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, ½ teaspoon water, mixed, optional
Preheat oven to 400º F. Lightly grease a (2) baking sheets. Set aside.
Dough; –> Dice the butter. In a food processor, place the flour, salt, and sugar and pulse for about 60 seconds. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse for another 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. Mix the vinegar and ice water together. With the machine running, pour the ice water mix in and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball, about 3 minutes. Dump out on a well-floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Filling; –>> Heat the oil in a skillet, add onions and translucent for about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for another 2 minutes. Add the pork and season with salt and pepper. Cook the meat for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. When cooled down, combine the pork and rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Using clean, flat surface or dumpling press form, arrange 1 round, place a heaping teaspoon of pork mixture in the center of the round. Lightly brush the edges of crust with water and fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal (if using flat surface). Repeat with the remaining rounds and pork mixture. Arrange empanadas on the prepared baking sheets. Brush tops with the egg-water mixture. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve.
NOTE: The dough ingredients above makes about 28 circles, or 2 pie crusts. The pork mixture makes about 30 – 48 empanadas, so please be sure to double the ingredients.