I remember this very small store in Davao City along Bankerohan in the Philippines that sells the best Empanada I have ever tasted. I would always buy from them after I finish playing badminton. One Empanada was never enough for me. I could at least finish two and four at the most when I was really hungry. There was nothing fancy about it. The simple combination of all the ingredients with the right amount of sweetness and saltiness made it very special.
When I went home to Davao the store already moved to another location. I do not know their current address so I created my own recipe for this Empanada. I hope you will like it. The taste is like the Empanada I used to eat but tastier and yummier.
- 3 cups Flour
- 4 tbsps Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Cold Butter cut into small cubes
- 5 tbsp cold water
- 1 egg whisked
- 1/2 kilo ground pork
- 1 small carrot diced
- 1 stick celery finely chopped
- 1/2 cup green peas
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 small potatoes diced
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooking oil
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add butter and mix using a pie crimper or fork until mixture looks like a coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter. Add water, a tablespoon at a time, until dough is no longer too crumbly and holds together when squeezed. Squeeze the dough together to form a ball. Make a golf ball size shape and flatten by using the palm of your hand. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Use a wide-mouth bowl as a pattern for a nice round shape about 4 inch diameter.
Heat cooking oil in pan. Saute onion and garlic. Add ground pork and saute until golden brown. Place in chopped celery. Add in salt and pepper. Stir and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, add the green peas, raisins, carrots and potatoes. Season with soy sauce. Stir and simmer, until the vegetables, are cooked. Allow to cool and set aside.
Scoop up a spoonful of the filling and place in it into the centre of the dough. Add 1-2 pcs of cubed cheese. Fold it edge to the edge and seal the edges by twisting the edges. Place them on a baking tray with a baking sheet and brush with whisked egg. Bake in a preheated oven at 190˚C for at least 20 minutes or until crust is light brown. Alternatively, deep fry until both side are brown. Drain excess oil and serve. Enjoy!