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Baked Picadillo Empanadas


Picadillo is a traditional Latin dish that is made with ground beef, tomatoes and peppers. Every Latin American country makes their version a little different and this one is the Cuban version that uses olives, raisins/currants, garlic, oregano and a bit of red wine vinegar. The name Picadillo comes from the verb Picar which means “to mince”. I always loved empanadas which are Latin pastries that are stuffed and either baked or fried. I chose to bake mine as they are much healthier and a lot les

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 4? inch stick cinnamon
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, halved
1½ teaspoon dried oregano
? teaspoon ground cloves
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2-lbs. ground beef
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
¾ cups raisins
¾ cup green pimento-stuffed olives, halved
1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained, crushed
½ cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 packages of large Goya frozen Empanada discs (each package contains 10 discs)
1 large egg, beaten with a couple tablespoons of water (this will be used for the eggwash)
Flour for dusting your wooden board
Heat the oil in a 12? cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add cinnamon stick, onions, and peppers; cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add half the ground cinnamon, oregano,...
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