4 Tablespoons of AXEL Seasoning of your choice or to taste
2 Tablespoon of Olive oil to brown meat
Paprika, cumin and chili powder
Grill or Stovetop
Olive oil/Pan spray
Salt & Pepper
PREP: DAY BEFORE
Dice onions, place in a bowl.
Dice/Chop meat and place in the bowl, add seasoning.
Place diced onion on a pan with 1 cup of water, add AXEL Seasoning blend of your choice, for 15 minutes. Drain after.
Meanwhile, cook chopped seasoned meat in skillet, add salt and pepper to taste. 15 minutes.
Add onions and meat together in a skillet and cook low-medium heat for 20 minutes or until onions are translucent.
Let sit overnight to marinate properly.
Place flour in a big bowl, shape like a volcano.
Add salt to hot water, set aside.
Whip the eggs, and add to the volcano and white wine. Mix well.
SLOWLY add melted butter and warm water, incorporating slowly.
Once the dough is uniform, take out of the bowl and knead until it’s a smooth texture.
Cut big dough ball in two pieces, roll out one piece and cut into 15 pieces. Place other big pieces under the lightly damp rag.
MISE EN PLACE: Clean surface, place Pino bowl, water bowl, egg wash bowl+brush, hard-boiled eggs, rolling pin, and dough on the table.
Roll out to have circular pieces 8in in diameter (Pro-tip: Invite people to help, roll out a bunch so the back-and-forth is minimized).
Place Pino in rolled out dough piece. Add about 4 tablespoons or 1/3 of the size of the empanada. Make sure to leave Pino 1in away from the edge of the dough. Add 1 quarter of hard-boiled egg per empanada.
Gently dip fingers in the water bowl and surround the edge of the dough. Bring over excess dough to seal empanada as a semi-circle shape. Very firmly press the dough together with care. (Pro-tip: firm place and seal edge 3-4 times, while finishing the last time by making sure the two edges are tightly sealed).
Dip fingers in the water bowl and now cover the semi-circle empanada. Fold the top half of the semi-circle down 1 inch (not the Pino filled side). Gently press. Now, fold the two sides inwards as well 1 inch. The pointed edges that meet (the horn/spike looking part of the empanada) need to be twisted quarter turn.
Lightly brush egg wash on top of empanada and place it on the tray with baking paper.
Repeat the process until all Pino is gone. (Pro-tip: beginning baking as you complete sets of trays)
Bake for 375F degree oven until golden.
Make sure to enjoy with some Chilean red wine and your favorite AXEL Chimichurri sauce. (Pro-tip: Wrap individually and store in the freezer for later. Wrap in parchment paper and then aluminum)