Argentinian (Vegan) Empanadas

Although from a Colombian family I love and appreciate foods from other Hispanic countries. One of my favorite snacks has always been Argentinian empanadas. The flaky, yet crispy crust and delicious fillings are something I constantly crave. In order to satisfy that craving I used to go and pick some up from the Argentinian bakery, but since they traditionally have meat and dairy ingredients, I now have to create my own!

Traditional Argentinian empanadas are filled with a ground beef picadillo, mixed with onions, green olives, and a variety of spices. I also used to enjoy the vegetarian option which is spinach, garlic, onions, and cheese. Obviously these two include non-vegan ingredients so for these recipes I used mock ground beef and parmesan “cheese” to keep the same idea. As for the dough I substituted real butter or lard, for vegan “butter”, and milk for unsweetened almond milk. Thankfully I still managed to get the same texture and taste as I’d remembered!

 

Empanadas 7 (1 of 1)

 

The Dough

Ingredients:          25 SERVINGS

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika

Directions:

  1. Heat water, almond milk and vegan butter in saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted
  2. Mix all purpose flour, salt, and paprika in large mixing bowl
  3. Pour liquid mixture over the dry ingredients little-by-little and mix as your pour
  4. Mix well with spatula or hands
  5. Place dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours

 

Dough

 

Spinach Filling

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 9 oz fresh spinach, chopped
  • 4 tbsp Follow Your Heart Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Pour oil in large skillet and place over medium heat
  2. Add garlic and onions into skillet and cook until tender and translucent
  3. Add spinach to the skillet and cook until spinach wilts
  4. Turn off heat and add “cheese”
  5. Mix well

 

 

“Beef” Filling

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 9 oz (3/4 bag) Gardien Beefless Grounds
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup green olives, sliced
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Leave “beefless grounds” out to thaw while preparing dough
  2. Mix olives, paprika, chili powder, cumin, and salt in large mixing bowl
  3. Melt vegan butter in large skillet
  4. Add onions and cook over medium heat until tender and translucent
  5. Add “meat” mixture to the onions and continue cooking over medium heat for 5 minutes, stir frequently
  6. Turn off heat while you cut and prepare dough

 

 

Empanada Assembly

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Sprinkle flour over a flat surface
  3. Roll dough out flat
  4. Use something circular to cut out discs from the sheet of dough
  5. Add a spoonful of either spinach or “beef” filling to each disc
  6. Brush some water over edges of the disc and folder over
  7. With a fork press down on the edges of the closed empanada to seal it
  8. Place the assembled empanadas onto a baking sheet place in oven
  9. Bake for 25 minutes

 

 

Thank you Argentina for being home of some of the most amazing food in the world! I plan on experimenting/re-visitng this recipe and perfecting it even more, maybe adding a few things here and there. Overall, my little empanadas turned out quite fantastic and I can’t wait to eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks in between for the next few days!

 

Empanadas 6 (1 of 1)

Inside empanadas 2 (1 of 1)

 

 

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veganturnedon

Hello internet world! My name is Jess and I welcome you to my experimental, hopefully long-lasting and successful vegan food blog! Eleven months ago (September 2016), I made the decision to discontinue my carnivorous ways and change to a mostly plant-based diet. As a month or so past, I figured why not try this whole "vegan" thing and completely cut out not only flesh, but dairy, eggs, and any other animal bi-products from my diet and lifestyle. I am now coming up on a year since my journey began and I feel better than ever! This lifestyle choice is extremely beneficial for so many reasons including personal health, the environment and of course loving instead of eating and mistreating our fellow earthlings. Prior to making my positively life-changing decision I had always had the thought of doing it in the back of my mind. Coming from a Hispanic family and culture where multiple forms of meat are crucial to every meal, I never thought I could actually really commit to it long-term. Once I dove in to this challenge I realized it really wasn't even a massive challenge and every day after a delicious meal I thought to myself, "Hey this isn't bad at all!" The purpose of this blog is to highlight the abundance of vegan-friendly products that are out there and how I included them in my every day, easy to make meals during my transition and even now. I've always been a food lover and am eager to indulge in tasteful meals, snacks and desserts. So whether you are vegan already, interested in becoming one but don't know where to start, or you are just curious to experience the awesomeness of vegan foods, TURN ON your vegan self and check out these amazing options that are just waiting to be made by YOU!

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