About a week ago, I started to crave Colombian empanadas, I let the days go by and not prepare them. Today, I decided to step into the kitchen and satisfy my cravings.
This is not a traditional recipe, but it is another way to make empanadas using basic ingredients from home. If you have any leftover chicken and rice, this can be an amazing filling. I also prepared some potatoes and some ají (Colombian hot sauce) and used this as a filling for the empanadas. The filling can be of different ingredients you prefer, or you can just use what you have.
- 5 cups pre-cooked cornflour (I use one with an orange-ish tint)
- 3 cups warm water
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 cups of rice
- 4 cups of water
- 2 pre-cooked chicken breast
- ½ cup peas
- 3 potatoes
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- Salt to taste
- Filling: In a pot on the stove, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and then add the rice. Remove. Add the water, peas, salt, and the chicken bouillon cube. Let dry and then place the lid. Cook at medium heat.
- In this case, I used pulled chicken breast, and then added it to the rice.
- In another pot, add water, salt, and potatoes. Let cook until they soften. Remove the water, peel the potatoes and then smoosh them as if you are making a pureé.
- Add the mashed potatoes to the chicken with rice and mix thoroughly.
- For the dough: In a bowl, add the cornflour, the warm water, and salt. Knead until dough is easy to manage.
- Make a ball of dough, roughly the size of your fist, cover with an oil-covered plastic to prevent sticking. Extend it with the help of a roller. It should turn out to look like a circle.
- Add the amount of filling you think is appropriate to the center of the dough circle (make sure it is not too little or too much. Too much filling can cause empanada to burst!). Unite the edges of the dough, making sure they stick well to prevent filling spills.
- Heat oil in a pan and fry the empanadas until they achieve a golden color.
- They are commonly accompanied by ají (a mix of cilantro, tomato, lime, vinegar, salt, and a tad of spiciness.)