Smoky Potato and Caper Empanadas with Cilantro Sauce

Smoky Potato and Caper Empanadas with Cilantro Sauce 

pretty fantastic

From our friends at Serious Eats

Stuff these pastry pockets with a mixture of cooked
potatoes and capers flavored with a touch of chipotle and a dash of Madras
curry powder. Not sure where the flavor combo comes from, but it’s pretty
fantastic, especially drizzled with a spicy cilantro chutney.

YIELD: Makes 12 to 16 small empanadas


TOTAL TIME: 2 hours



For the Filling:

2 medium potatoes (about 1/2 pound), but into
1/4-inch dice

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane grater

1 chipotle pepper en adobo, finely chopped
(about 1 tablespoon), plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce

2 tablespoons capers, drained and roughly

1/2 teaspoon madras curry powder

2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro leaves

For The Dough:

2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour

1 cup (5 ounces) masa harina

1 tablespoon kosher salt

8 tablespoons vegetable shortening

1/2 to 3/4 cup ice cold water

2 quarts vegetable oil (if frying), or 2
tablespoons if baking

For the Sauce:

2 cups cilantro leaves and tender stems

1 green bird chile or serrano pepper

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons juice from 1 lime




For the Filling: Cover potatoes with
cold water by 1-inch in a medium saucepan and add 1 tablespoon kosher salt.
Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are
tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Rinse pan and dry. Heat olive oil over
medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently
until softened but not browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until
fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chipotle and sauce, capers, curry powder, and
potatoes. Stir to combine, lightly mashing potatoes. Season to taste with salt
and stir in cilantro. Transfer to a large plate and set aside until completely

For the Dough: Process half of
flour, masa, and salt in a food processor with three 1-second pulses. Add
shortening in chunks and process in 1-second pulses until dough resembles wet
sand, about 12 pulses. Add remaining cup flour and pulse 4 times until
homogenous. Transfer to a large bowl.

add 1/2 cup cold water. Knead dough until it
forms a ball. It should feel slightly tacky. If dry, add more water 1
tablespoon at a time. Wrap dough ball in plastic and refrigerate until ready to
use, at least 45 minutes.

For the Sauce: Combine cilantro,
pepper, garlic, and lime juice in a blender. Add 1/4 cup water. Blend until
smooth, adding water as necessary and scraping down sides as necessary. Season
to taste with salt. Set aside.

To Assemble and Cook: Divide dough
into 12 to 16 even pieces (depending on how large you want them to be). Roll
each piece into a ball. Working one piece at a time, roll dough out on a
lightly floured surface with a rolling pin or press with a tortilla press into
a 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-inch round. Place a few teaspoons of filling in the center of
each dough round. Brush edges of dough with water and gently fold in half.
Crimp edges or press with the tines of a fork to seal. Set aside and repeat
with remaining empanadas.

To Bake: Adjust oven rack to upper
and lower middle positions and preheat to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment
paper Place empanadas on baking sheet and brush with 2 tablespoons oil. Bake
until golden brown and crisp, about 30 minutes. Serve with cilantro sauce.

To Fry: Heat 2 quarts oil to 350°F
in a large wok or dutch oven. Fry empanadas a half dozen at a time, agitating
occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, about 4 minutes. Serve with
cilantro sauce.

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