After chatting with my dear friend Wai Man for hours about how stir frying things with garlic and onion always makes things better, I could NOT stop thinking about stir friying shrimps! Just because I love shrimp!, and since I was stir frying them, why not go all the way and make shrimp cheese empanadas, and then fulfil two appetites in one go.
And Saturday was the day chosen for this, why?, well Saturday is market day in Leiden, so I could get some nice fresh shrimps, some nice cheese and have a walk around the market to start my day in an splendid way!
|Dutch people REALLY like to go to the market on Saturdays! If you ever come to Holland, going to the market is a MUST, the market in Leiden is tiny, but try the Albert Cuyp Market in Amsterdam http://www.albertcuypmarkt.nl/ac_english.html|
What is an empanada: ok, so I am pretty sure about 50% of my readers are in Chile, or were in Chile so they know what is it. BUT I also know some of you have never heard of it, so this is Chilean cooking 101.
"An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in Latin America. The name comes from the verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanada is made by folding a dough or bread patty around the stuffing. The stuffing can consist of a variety of meats, cheese, huitlacoche, vegetables or fruits among others." (Thank you wikipedia)
Now that everyone knows what an empanada is, let's get it started!
|A little pisco, for the shrimp but also I actually needed it as a rolling pin.|
The process of cooking the empanadas
You can look for the steps on the internet, http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Empanadas, but basically just make some dough with flour, olive oil, salt, warm milk warm water.
Now the nice thing, stir frying shrimps with a tiny little bit pisco and a tiny little bit merken for some chilean flavor.
OMG the smell of those shrimps! A-mazing! really easy to make, chop garlic, chop some onions...a little bit of olive oil in the pan, and that's it! then add the shrimp on that pan.
So, how do we match the shrimp and the cheese and the dough?? well.. like this! make some little discs with the dough and fill it the nice fillingggss, then just close them.
Before going in the oven:
And the most important thing, after the oven:
According to my critics, Eszter, Fernanda and Hanna, they were very good! so there you go, home made empanadas with a little taste from the coast of Chile!