Empanadas Paisas are turnovers filled with pork, beef, onion and scallion
- ½ lb each of pork and beef
- 1 tbsp each of onion and scallion, chopped
- 1 tsp each of ground cumin seed and salt
- dash pepper
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup each of chopped onions and chopped scallions
- 4 small tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 lb (4 medium-sized) potatoes, boiled with skin
- ½ tbsp fresh cumin seed, ground
- ½ tbsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 lb dry yellow corn
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- The night before, marinate the meat with the onions, scallions, salt, pepper and ground cumin seed.
- The next day, brown the meat in the vegetable oil.
- Then return the marinade and add water.
- Cook until meat is tender (40 minutes).
- Remove and grind meat.
- Sauté the onions and scallions in 4 tsp oil.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and fry an additional 3 or 4 minutes.
- Mix in the ground meat and meat stock and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Peel and mash the cooled, boiled potatoes and add them to the meat and vegetable mixture.
- Mix the salt, pepper and ground cumin seed into the meat and potato mixture.
- Apart, boil the dry yellow corn in sufficient water to cover the corn, for about half an hour.
- Put the cooked corn through a grinder.
- Knead the dough until it is thoroughly mixed and form a firm ball.
- Pick off small pieces and form into the size of small balls.
- Flatten each piece thin.
- Put about 1 teaspoon of the meat mixture in the center of the flattened ball.
- Fold over and pinch edges together to close and form a pretty edge.
- Place in deep, hot vegetable oil and fry about 3 or 4 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove and put on paper towels in a colander.
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