As I got older, I had empanadas a few times at various restaurants, but I was never terribly impressed. My memory might be inaccurate because I've yet to taste one as good as I remember those homemade versions to be!
Last week I had some pork roast leftover, as well as some potatoes. Enter a couple of cans of Refrigerator Biscuits and I had a plan: "Faux Empanadas". I call them Faux because I am aware that the dough is not going to be anywhere close to the texture and flavor as her homemade dough. But I was in a hurry that night, so there it was.
I think the filling was pretty good. I often mix leftover shredded pork with equal parts of BBQ Sauce and Salsa and use it for Quesadillas. Adding some potatoes to the mix created a filling that I was quite happy with. I used my ricer to get them to a nice texture, but mashed potatoes can certainly be used. I had also hard-boiled some eggs to add to the mix, and then forgot to put them in! oops! Chopped eggs in the filling is traditional for Argentine empanadas, and a very tasty mix in, in my opinion. However, I wasn't going to go back and add them after I had them filled and sealed up!
I have a Pampered Chef pie sealer from years ago, and I used it to seal these empanadas. Also, did you notice the green lidded jar? That holds homemade BBQ sauce, and the lid is from a parmesan cheese container. It fits Mason jars! I save them and use the lids for sauces that I put in jars.
And here is the final result:
I froze the leftovers for my husband to take for lunch. Shredded Beef can also be used in place of the pork. You can get the recipe here.