Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mushroom Empanadas

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I am continuing on with Empanada week. I have been cooking them all week in my Lodge cast iron skillet! Today I am bringing you a savory Empanada. These babies are full of smoked Gouda, sauteed mushrooms and sweet onion. Held together with crispy fried dough it is a real treat!

Gluten-free Smoked Gouda, Mushroom and Onion Empanadas
Pastry:
1 pinch of salt
3 tablespoons sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
1/4 cup ice water

Filling:
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic
4 ounces smoked gouda sliced

Place flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of a mixer. 
Add the butter and cut in with a paddle until it resembles wet clumpy sand. Add the egg yolk and mix until incorporated. Add the water in a slow drizzle until it comes together in a ball. 

Place the ball of dough on plastic wrap. 

Flatten the dough into a disk, and then wrap the dough tightly and store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before using, or overnight until ready to use. The dough can also be frozen.

Roll out the dough.
Use a 4 inch cutter, you should have about 1 dozen disks. Place on parchment paper or silicone baking mat to ready for filling.


In a skillet add olive oil, mushrooms, garlic, and onion. 
Saute for about 5-8 minutes until the mushrooms are soft and yummy. Feel free to do a taste test. 

Scoop about 1 tsp of the mushroom mixture and slice of smoked gouda on to the dough.
Seal your empanadas and use a fork to crimp them closed.
Add some canola oil to a skillet and cook over medium heat until golden brown. 
Serve!