The empanadas come from the “Old World", it is believed that they originated in Persia. In those times the empanadas consisted of bread filled of a food. Although the recipe evolved until it became to what it is today – puff pastry dough with a filling.
*The noun empanada is derived from the verb empanar that is the action of enclosing something in a bread dough to cook it in the oven.
The empanadas came to Mexico through the Spaniards and when they touched Mexican soil they started to be prepared with typical Mexican ingredients – and that’s how the Mexican empanadas were born.
So now, get ready to try a tasty crispy dough, which will be filled with mushrooms and epazote – the specialized herb in giving the authentic Mexican flavor. In no time you will have on your table a delicious mouthful full of flavor and aroma.
What is fascinating and exciting about the empanadas is that they can be eaten for breakfast, appetizer, main course and some empanadas are even dessert. It is always a good moment to enjoy an empanada.
About the Recipe
This recipe is not difficult to make but it requires a lot of attention. So be patient, work carefully and your empanadas will be fabulous.
The best empanadas... the most crispy are prepared with puff pastry dough therefore use this dough, that you can prepare yourself o it can be bought.
The mushrooms that can be used to fill these empanadas can be champignons or portobellos.
Try to use fresh epazote but if you don’t find it don’t worry, substitute it for 2 teaspoons or dried epazote.
The total preparation time is of but while the empanadas are baked (20 min.) you won’t work in the recipe.
The beauty of the “Dufour Puff Pastry Dough" is that it expands in all directions creating thin layers of dough with butter. You will love it!
The “OXO Pastry Brush" doesn’t retain odors, doesn’t retain clumps, it is heat resistant and it holds very well the liquids that are transferred to the food. It is a brush capable of doing all the functions that one needs.
In this bag with epazote you will find a high quality product because it is 100% natural, it has a good aroma, good flavor and your food will have that Mexican taste that you were looking for.