*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 Recipe By     : mmr@cs.rit.edu (Margaret M Reek)
 Serving Size  : 0    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Ethnic
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    8      cups          flour
      1/2  cup           dry white wine
    6      teaspoons     margine
      1/2  cup           milk
      2/3  cup           vegetable oil
    1 1/2  teaspoons     salt
    1 1/2  cups          water
    3                    very large onions -- coarsely chopped (6-
    3      pounds        ground beef
    3      cloves        garlic -- minced
    2      teaspoons     black pepper
    1      teaspoon      salt
    3                    envelopes sazon seasoning (can use paprika
    3      teaspoons     ground cumin
 Put the oil and margarine in a small sauce pan and put over low heat until
 the margarine is melted. Add water, milk and salt and bring pot a boil over
 medium heat. In a big bowl put the flour, the wine, and the hot mix. Stir
 gently as for a pie dough (don't work it too much). Cover and let rest for
 at least 45 minutes.
 Roll out the part of the dough (only as much as you can comfortably work in
 5-10 minutes, keep the rest under cover) on a lightly floured surface to
 1/16th inch thickness. Cut into a circles about 8 inches in diameter for
 meal-sized empanadas or smaller for appetizer sized ones. For large ones,
 use about 1/4 cup filling, place on half the circle. Paint the edges with a
 little water and fold the dough over the filling, pressing the air out.
 Seal the edges (you can roll them over like a hem, or use a fork, or any
 number of other methods). Just before baking, prick with a fork 3 times on
 Put empanadas on an ungreased cookie sheet and cook for 10 minutes at 400.
 Reduce heat to 350 and cook for about 20 more minutes.
 You can also cook them by frying them in oil. Heat vegetable oil in deep
 pan (2-3 inches of oil). Fry empanadas a few at a time until golden brown,
 turning once (about 5 minutes). Drain on a paper towel.
 These freeze well either cooked or uncooked. If cooking from a frozen
 state, let them thaw out on a cookie sheet then bake as directed.
 Saute the onions until translucent, add the beef and brown it. Drain off
 the excess fat. Add the seasonings and a mix of 2 tbsp. flour in 1/2 cup
 water. Heat for 3 minutes or so, until it is thick and quite dry. Let cook
 and refrigerate until ready to use. You can make the filling a day or two
 ahead, so you don't have to do everything all at once.
 For each empanada, add 2-3 black raisins and a slice of hard boiled egg.
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