Malunggay Empanada with Tuna

Ingredients:

1/2 cup malunggay leaves blanched
1 carrots, cubes
1 potato, cubes
1 sweet camote, cubes
1 can tuna flakes in oil
1 bulb onion, cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
ground pepper
salt to taste
cooking oil

For Dough:
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
150 grams margarine original
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup water
1/2 cup malunggay leaves, minced
1 egg

Cooking Instructions:

Heat cooking oil in a pan. Saute garlic and onion. Add all vegetables ingredients except malunggay leaves. Simmer for five minutes. Add tuna flakes in oil and blanched malunggay leaves. Season with pepper and salt to taste. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar and baking powder. Add margarine and continue mixing. Add water, egg and malunggay leaves. Continue mixing until rubbery. Get one scoop dough and flatten.

Scoop one tablespoon filling and place it on center of flattened dough. Pull the opposite edges up and closer to each other to form a half circle shape empanada. Using empanada maker makes this task easier. Deep fry in a hot cooking oil until golden brown.

malunggay tuna empanandaIt was my first ever baking task. It was not easy. The first few breads were real mess. I was a bit depressed to see them crumbling to pieces while frying. My hubby, then, thought me how to knead dough properly, until I got it almost perfect.

Roasted Ham Empanada

The ham I used for this recipe was given to us as Christmas gift. We are cutting down on fatty foods so it went sleeping inside refrigerator for over two months.

She took it out and we felt like it . I never want a fried ham though. I never want to add more oil to fatty foods so I decided to cook it over the grill and wrapped with some dough.

Procedure:

1) Slice ham. Roast it over low ember for five to ten minutes. Too much heat will cause burning of sugar component. Let cool. Chop to small pieces.

roasting pork ham

2) Prepare the dough. Mix one egg for every two cups of first class bread flour. Knead – add small amount of water as necessary. I am not well versed with flour types yet. I chose first class guessing it will be the best for empanada.

3) Get a small portion and flatten with a rolling pin. Make it thin and about the size of pastry puff maker.

chopped ham on dough

4) Open the pastry puff maker. Lay over the flattened dough. Make a dent on center and place enough chopped ham. Close the puff maker to stick dough edges. Remove empanada and trim the excess with scissors.

formed empanada

5) Roast it over low ember heat. Turn it slightly every one minute. Roasted empanada should be ready after about 15 minutes. It should be roasted cause I roasted the ham earlier. Frying the empanada will render the step number “1” useless.

roasting empanada

My roasted ham empanada turned out great. It would be greater if I never forgot its good partner, the cheese.