San Telmo's beef and chorizo empanadas with chimichurri


"I'd love to make San Telmo's empanadas at home. Would you please ask for the recipe?"
Pam Winters, Albert Park, Vic

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You'll need

35 gm (1¾ tbsp) duck fat 375 gm (2½ cups) plain flour, sieved ¾ tsp baking powder 1 (100gm) fresh chorizo 250 gm coarsely minced beef 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ½ onion, finely chopped ½ red capsicum, seeded and finely chopped 40 gm (1/3 cup) frozen peas 1 tbsp pickled guindilla chillies, finely chopped (see note) 1 spring onion, thinly sliced 2 tsp sweet paprika 1 ground cinnamon sunflower oil, for deep-frying   Chimichurri 1 long red chilli, coarsely chopped 1 garlic clove, bruised 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped tbsp dried oregano 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • For dough, warm fat and 180ml water in a small saucepan until fat melts. Mix flour, baking powder and 1½ tsp fine sea salt in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add fat mixture and knead until dough comes together (2-3 minutes). Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to chill (1 hour).
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 170C and line a baking tray with foil. Split chorizo lengthways and roast on tray until just cooked through (10-15 minutes). Cool on tray (10 minutes), then chop into 1cm dice, reserving juices. Increase oven to 250C. Spread beef on a baking tray lined with foil and roast until lightly caramelised (8-10 minutes). Cool for 10 minutes.
  • 03
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over high heat, add onion and capsicum and fry until starting to brown, then reduce heat to low and sauté until tender (8-10 minutes).
  • 04
  • Combine peas, guindillas, spring onion and spices in a bowl, add chorizo, pan juices and beef, season to taste and refrigerate to cool mixture completely (30-40 minutes).
  • 05
  • Divide dough into 18 pieces and roll out to 12cm rounds. Place a tablespoonful of beef mixture on the centre of each, lightly moisten edges with water and fold pastry over filling to form a half moon. Starting at a corner, squash a small section of pastry, lightly stretch it out and fold over, then repeat along edge to create a rope effect, folding last piece of seam under. Place empanadas on lightly floured trays and cover with a tea towel.
  • 06
  • For chimichurri, pound chilli and garlic with a mortar and pestle to a paste, then mix in remaining ingredients, 2 tsp sea salt flakes and 2 tsp cracked black pepper.
  • 07
  • Heat oil in a deep saucepan to 180C. Deep-fry empanadas in batches until golden and crisp (3-5 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels, then serve with chimichurri.

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Additional Notes

Pickled guindilla chillies are available from Spanish food stores.

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Jul 2016

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