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Jan. 5th, 2016


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Baked Empanadas

Prep and Cool time
1 hour 30 mins

Cook time
20 mins

Total time
1 hour 50 mins

Author: Vered DeLeeuw
Recipe type: Appetizer
Yield: 12 large empanadas


2¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 large egg
⅓ cup ice water (place it in the freezer before you start working)
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar (helps achieve tender, flaky dough)


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ pound lean ground beef
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Egg wash:

1 large egg
1 tablespoon water


Place the flour and salt in food processor bowl. Pulse to blend. Add the butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Beat together the egg, water, and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork. Add to food processor bowl. Pulse a few times, just until dough forms.
Remove the dough from food processor. Shape into a flat disk. Chill in fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap, 1 hour.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté about 4 minutes, until soft. Add thegarlic and cook 1 more minute, stirring. Add the beef. Cook about 3 more minutes, until lightly browned. Add the salt and pepper, cumin and paprika. Cook one more minute, stirring. Remove from heat and set aside.
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk together egg and water for the egg wash. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove the dough from the fridge and allow to rest 5 minutes at room temperature.
On a lightly floured surface, with a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough as thin as you can - to about ⅛ inch thickness. Cut twelve 4-inch circles. Scraps can be re-rolled.
Place one heaping tablespoon meat mixture on one half of each circle, leaving a ½-inch border. Brush egg wash on empty side of circle, fold dough over to make a half-circle and close edges, then crimp the edges with a fork.
Arrange the empanadas on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg wash. Bake 10 minutes. Turn the empanadas over, brush the other side and bake 10 minutes longer, until lightly browned on both sides. Cool ten minutes on a wire rack before serving.

Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 1 baked empanada; Calories: 240; Fat: 15g; Carbohydrates: 19.2g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 317mg; Fiber: 0.9g; Protein: 7.1g



Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves

Prep and Cool time
10 mins

Cook time
30 mins

Total time
40 mins

Author: Vered DeLeeuw
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack, Entree, Primal, Paleo, Low-Carb, Gluten-Free
Yield: 8 meatloaves


1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
8 thin bacon strips


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, mix together the beef and spices. Divide into 8 equal portions.
Line 8 muffin cups with bacon, so that each cup is circled by a bacon strip. Place each mini meatloaf inside the circle.
Bake 30 minutes. Use tongs to transfer the cooked meatloaves to paper towels to drain, then serve.

Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 1 mini meatloaf; Calories: 155; Fat: 11g; Carbohydrates: 0g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 177mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 12g


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