How to make it

  • Make the cornmeal dough:
  • In the large bowl of an electric mixer proof the yeast with the sugar in 1/4 cup of the milk for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is foamy.
  • Beat in the remaining 1/4 cup milk, the whole egg, the egg yolk, the sour cream, and the butter, add 2 cups of the flour, the cornmeal, and the salt, and beat the mixture until it forms a dough.
  • With the dough hook knead the dough, adding as much of the remaining 1/2 cup flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking, for 4 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Form the dough into a ball, transfer it to an oiled bowl, and turn it to coat it with the oil. Let the dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours and punch it down. (
  • **NOTE: The dough may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled. Let the dough return to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.
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  • Make the picadillo:
  • In a large heavy skillet cook the onion, the garlic, the jalapeños, the cumin, the chili powder, the oregano, the cinnamon, the cloves, and pepper to taste in the oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until the onion is softened, add the chuck, and cook the mixture over moderately high heat, stirring and breaking up any lumps, until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Add the tomato paste, the tomatoes with the juice, the raisins, the olives, the red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste, simmer the picadillo, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is thickened and most of the liquid is evaporated, and let it cool.
  • **NOTE 2: The picadillo may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled. Let the picadillo return to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.
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  • Divide the dough into 12 pieces.
  • Working with 1 piece of dough at a time and keeping the remaining pieces covered with plastic wrap, on a lightly floured surface roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick and with a 6-inch round cutter cut each piece into a round.
  • Put about 1/3 cup of the picadillo onto the bottom two thirds of each round and fold the rounds in half, enclosing the filling. Seal the edges of the dough and crimp them decoratively.
  • Transfer the empanadas with a spatula to a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake them in the middle of a preheated 450°F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are golden.
  • Transfer the empanadas to a rack and let them cool.

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  • ttaaccoo 9 years ago
    Hello Ms. Lunasea!! Was shopping last wk and noticed Goya in a refrig. case, including empanada dough circles. They had 2 kinds, one salmon-colored, and another with white flour. Have you tried either? or? your recipe for dough reads scrumptiously!!
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  • ttaaccoo 9 years ago
    Hi Vickie---These sound luscious!! thanks for posting. 55555 I am going to print now!! delish!! yum!! trish
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  • lunasea 9 years ago
    Hi Darlene, unfortunately I think that you would get different results by subbing the corn masa flour for the corn meal. They're actually made from different types of corn and are processed differently. I wouldn't advise subbing it here. Thanks for asking. :) Vickie
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  • darlenel 9 years ago
    Can I use Corn Maza flour for the corn meal in this recipe? I have a bag that I bought to make pupusas and I want to try some other recipes with this flour.
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Thank you for posting this Picadillo Empanadas With Cornmeal Crust in the Pick Your Favorite Pocket Group.
    Do you have a Spinach Pocket recipe to post as well?
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  • jenniferbyrdez 10 years ago
    Good Lord Lunney. You really want us to cook,uh? Sounds divine.
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  • sirshawnthebrewer 10 years ago
    Another great recipe..:)
    My mouth is watering.
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