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Recipes for the Big Game: Party-Ready Pork Empanadas

Entry #2054, January 28, 2012

 

Delight your guests by preparing a sumptuous game-day recipe in your party table. You will never be wronged with the party-ready pork empanadas. This recipe is so quick to prepare and easy to bake. So, get your kitchen ready and prepare all the utensils needed. Your big-game guests will love this one! Thanks Southern Living for this recipe.

Party-Ready Pork Empanadas

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Pork-empanada recipe

Image via: Southern Living

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 3/4 pound pork tenderloin (about 1 small tenderloin)
  • 1 (1.25-oz.) envelope picadillo seasoning
  • 1/2 medium-size sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (11-oz.) can refrigerated French bread dough
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)
  • Salsa
  • Garnish: lime wedges
empanadas

Hand held size empanadas

Image via: Five and Spice

Directions

  1. Heat almonds in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 4 to 6 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Cut pork into 1/2-inch cubes. Toss together pork and picadillo seasoning.
  3. Sauté onion and pepper in hot oil in skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add pork mixture, and sauté 6 minutes or until browned. Stir in raisins and lime juice, and cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in almonds, cilantro, sour cream, and pepper.
  4. Unroll dough on a lightly floured surface. Gently stretch dough into a 14- x 12-inch rectangle. Spoon pork mixture onto dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border. Lightly brush edges of dough with egg, and roll up, starting at 1 long side and ending seam side down.
  5. Carefully place dough, seam side down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bring ends of roll together to form a ring, pinching edges together to seal. Lightly brush top and sides of dough with egg. Sprinkle with cumin seeds, if desired.
  6. Bake at 375° for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with salsa. Garnish, if desired.

This should serve at least eight persons. You will be amazed to see how these pork empanadas become the party favorite.

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