Guide to baked beef empanadas

Guide to baked beef empanadas

Flaky, crisp pastry and juicy filling - what's not to like in these Argentinian meat pies?

Video Credit: Anas Thacharpadikkal/Gulf News


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Veggies for the filling
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Flank steak

500gm flank steak

Chimichurri (recipe below)

50gm green olives

50gm green capsicum

50gm white onion

50gm sundried tomatoes

Salt and pepper, to taste

A pinch of smoked paprika


900gm parsley

35gm chilli flakes

60gm garlic, chopped

30gm dry oregano

3gm olive oil

80gm white vinegar

50gm salt

10gm pepper

For the dough

3 cups all-purpose flour

A pinch of salt

170gm butter, cubed

1 egg

1/4 to 1/2 cup of water (water needs to be adjusted to obtain a soft and smooth dough)


1. To make the dough, add the flour, salt and butter into a food processor and pulse until half incorporated.

2. Add the egg and the water until a clumpy dough forms.

3. Remove from food processor and mix by hand until smooth.

4. Cut in half and rest for 30 minutes.

5. Roll the dough into a thin sheet and cut out with a round disc (if you don’t have one, use a small plate for shaping and a knife for cutting). Once cut, you can either use the dough immediately, store it in the refrigerator for 2 days, or freeze in a sealed container and use for up to a month.

Tip: For the best results, refrigerate the stuffed empanada for 30 minutes to allow the dough to set with the filling so it does not lose its shape

6. To make the chimichurri, wash the parsley and dry in the lettuce spinner until water is fully removed. Finely chop the parsley leaves, and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Rectify seasoning once it has settled for one day. Marinate the flank steak in the chimichurri, add freshly ground salt and pepper on top and grill until medium. Remove from the heat and dice to desired size.

Chimichurri Image Credit: Anas Thacharpadikkal/Gulf News
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Step 6
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Dice steak into even bite-size slices

7. Dice the capsicum and onion evenly so the cooking time is same. Add oil to a preheated pan, and cook the capsicum with the onion for about 5 minutes. Add the meat and cook through, then add paprika.

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Cook the meat fully at this stage

8. Chop the olives and sundried tomatoes. Before the meat gets dry, add the sundried tomatoes and cook for just under a minute. Add the green olives, stir to mix, and set aside to cool.

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Use only 3-4 green olives to avoid it overpowering the taste of the filling
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Add olives at the very end

9. Once the mixture cools down, spoon portions into each dough round. Fold and crimp the edges for a decorative edge.

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Leave a margin at the sides to fold over
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Crimp the edges for a decorative edge
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Use one hand to hold and one to crimp
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Make a decorative braid

10. Brush with egg yolk and bake at 180C for about 7-10 minutes until dough is cooked and crispy. Serve warm.

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Brush with egg only lightly to avoid a heavy eggy flavour
Serve warm!

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