PASTRY: 1/4 cup vegetable shortening 2 tablespoons butter 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon water 1 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups canola oil for frying Cut meat into 6 pieces, place in a heavy pot and cover with cold water. Add garlic, whole onion and carrot. Simmer gently for 2 hours. If the meat cooks over high heat, it will toughen. When the meat is tender, turn off heat and let it cool in the broth until warm to the touch. Reserve broth. Using a sharp knife, chop meat very finely. You also can use a food processor but dont overdo. Grandma always minced her meat in a small wooden bowl using a hand chopper with a curved blade, but my ethnicity goes only so far... Warm the sherry in a small saucepan; add the raisins and let steep while you prep the other ingredients. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet; add the onion and saute until softened. Stir in the oregano and crushed cumin and saute for 1 minute. Stir in the chopped beef, ground chile and salt. Cook for 15 minutes, adding enough of the reserved broth to make the mixture glisten. It should not be soggy, just moist. Remove picadillo from the heat, and stir in the plumped raisins, the almonds and olives. Taste, and add more salt, orega- no, cumin or chile powder, if desired. If the picadillo seems a bit drier than you like, add more broth or (better yet) some of the raisin sherry. Refrigerate overnight, or up to 3 days. The pastry: Using a large fork or pastry blender, cut the shortening and butter into the flour until crumbly. Stir the salt into the water. Drizzle water slowly over the flour mixture, adding just enough to make a soft pliable dough. Knead gently a floured board for 1 minute. The dough should be smooth but not overworked. Break off a golf ball-size piece of dough (keeping the remaining dough covered with plastic wrap) and roll into a 6- inch circle. Place 1/2 cup picadillo on half of the circle. Fold over the top half, pinching over the edges; press with a fork to seal. It is important to seal the edges well so the filling doesnt leak out during frying. Heat the canola oil in a 2-inch deep skillet. When the oil is hot enough it will ripple. Ease in 1 empanada and spoon hot oil over the surface. After 1 1/2 minutes, turn the empanada. Total cooking time for each empanada is about 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and drain on several thicknesses.of paper towel, blotting the surface with more paper towels. Sprinkle empanadas lightly with sugar while still warm. If you plan to serve the empanadas later, cool, cover, and refrigerate. To reheat, place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 minutes. Makes about 12 very large empanadas, or 24 small turnovers.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (2196g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1|
|Calories from Fat: 1049 (28%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 116.5g||155 %|
|Saturated Fat 30.3g||152 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 59.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 11.2g|
|Cholesterol 660.8mg||203 %|
|Sodium 2478.9mg||85 %|
|Potassium 7858mg||207 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 414.4g||122 %|
|Dietary Fiber 33.5g||134 %|
|Sugars, other 380.9g|
|Protein 258.8g||370 %|
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Calories per serving: 3748
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