My mom and I started making these Filipino empanadas after my Auntie gave me her mother's recipe. Filipino empanadas have a sweet and flaky dough and are filled with a sweet and savoury filling. We sometimes stuff these with beef, sometimes chicken and sometimes a combination of beef and crumbled Filipino longganisa sausages.
The dough recipe will have to stay a family secret, but you can use frozen puff pastry as an easy substitute or your favourite dough recipe.
1 lb ground beef (or about 2 cups of any other filling)
3/4 C frozen sweet peas
1/2 C golden raisins, chopped
1 medium-sized potato, finely diced
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Saute the potato in some vegetable oil until tender. Remove from the pan.
2. In the same pan, add ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned.
3. Add peas, raisins and cooked potato. Taste for seasoning. Sometimes my mom will add about a tablespoon of oyster sauce at this point instead of salt. Let the mixture cool completely.
4. Cut your dough into 4-inch circles and fill with about 2 tablespoons of filling. Fold dough over into half moons and crimp edges shut.
5. To cook, deep fry the finished empanadas in oil heated to about 365 degrees until golden brown.