I love pulled pork. Well, I love any pork really. Roast pork, pork belly, pork ribs, pork sausages, pork curry, pork schnitzel, Ummm, Bacon! Suddenly, I feel like I’m channelling Bubba from Forrest Gump?

Ahem!

Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas. Spicy and full of flavour, the pulled pork is encased in a thin flaky pastry

Moving on, pork rocks. Especially pulled pork and, most definitely these Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas.

I’m super, super excited to share this recipe today because it’s my first ever collaboration post. And that’s all thanks to Nick over at Blogtastic Food, I am so totally in love with his photography BTW. Don’t worry, I’ve told him. It’s not weird at all, haha.

Anyway, Nick set me the task of coming up with a recipe using his Smokey & Spicy Pulled Pork recipe. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. There were no rules, well just one actually –  be creative, and that’s how these Empanadas came to life.

Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas. Spicy and full of flavour, the pulled pork is encased in a thin flaky pastry

Yesterday, I gave you a teaser to this post, with my Chunky Roasted Tomato Salsa recipe. Remember how I was banging on about how you can use it for dipping anything in or topping anything, well empanadas is one of those things.

I served these up with an Avocado Cream Sauce as well which is really easy to make and I’ve included the recipe below.

A small black bowl on a concrete surface filled with avocado cream sauce

Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas. Spicy and full of flavour, the pulled pork is encased in a thin flaky pastry

Oh my goodness, these things are good. REAL good! I ate a fair few just taking the photos. Well I had to, for the art, you know! 🙂

The pastry is incredibly flaky and buttery and then the filling is that seriously tasty pulled pork with a few extra ingredients to turn it into a golden, baked empanada. I even took step by step photos for you.

Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas. Spicy and full of flavour, the pulled pork is encased in a thin flaky pastry

Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas. Spicy and full of flavour, the pulled pork is encased in a thin flaky pastry

I really love tapas style share food, so this Argentinian street food favourite is right up my alley and I hope you all enjoy it too.

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Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas. Spicy and full of flavour, the pulled pork is encased in a thin flaky pastry

Baked Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas

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These baked Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas are delicious pulled pork and some Latin flavour, all encased in a rich, flaky pastry.

Ingredients

Flaky Pastry

  • 115 g (1 stick / 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cubed and chillled
  • 325 g (2 1/2 cups) plain (AP) flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons (1/3 cup) iced water (note 1)

Filling

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (note 1)
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 cup diced capsicum
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 red chilli, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (note 1)
  • ½ cup chicken or beef stock
  • ½ teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 ½ cups leftover pulled pork (or other roast meat)
  • 1 egg, beaten

For the avocado cream

  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream (note 1)
  • juice and zest of 1/2 a lime
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 handful coriander leaves, finely chopped

Plus, Chunky Roasted Tomato Salsa to serve

    Instructions
     

    • For the pastry: Place the butter, flour and salt in a food processor and pulse a few times until it looks like wet sand. Add the egg and process again until well combined. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to just pulse between each addition until the mixture starts clumping together. 
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    • Turn the dough out onto a board and gently, just pull the dough together until you can get it to form a disk. (Make sure not to overknead as this will melt the butter in the dough and stop you from getting a nice flaky pastry. Slice the disk in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least half an hour.
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    • For the filling: Heat the oil in  a pan over medium heat, then add the onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes until starting to soften. Add the capsicum, cumin, coriander, salt and paprika, oregano and chilli and cook for another minute to release the aromas from the spices. Add the pork and mix through.
    • Now, add the tomato paste and stock and stir to combine then bring to the boil. Mix the cornflour with a tablespoon of water to make a thick slurry, Pour the cornflour mix into the boiling stock stirring constantly until it is fully dispersed and the sauce thickens. Transfer to a plate in a thin layer (to cool quicker) and place in the fridge.
    • Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
    • Roll out the pastry one disk at a time to about 2-3mm thick. Cut into 16 rounds about 11cm (4 1/4 inches) or similar (try to get as many as possible without re-rolling the pastry first). 
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    • Place about 2 tablespoons of the cooled filling mixture into the centre of one pastry round. 
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    • Next brush a little of the beaten egg around one edge on one side. Fold the other side over the top and use your little finger to cup around the shape of the filling, pushing out any air at the same time as pressing the two edges together. Use a fork to seal the edges closed. Repeat for the rest.
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    • Place the empanadas on the baking trays space an inch or so apart. Brush the tops with the beaten egg. 
    • Place the trays in the oven and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until golden and crispy on the outside.
    • For the avocado cream sauce: Scoop out the avocado flesh and crush it up with a mortar and pestle. Add all other ingredients and mix well. 
    • Serve the empanadas with the Avocado Cream Sauce and Chunky Roasted Tomato Salsa (see link in notes)

    Notes

    1. I use an Australian standard 20ml tablespoon
    2. Recipe for Chunky Roasted Tomato Salsa
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