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       Title: Great grandma silva’s chilean empanadas
  Categories: 
       Yield: 1 servings
  
   2 1/2 lb Round steak or boneless rump
            Roast
       1    Garlic clove
       1    Onion stuck with 3 cloves
       1    Carrot, peeled, cut into
            Pieces
     1/2 c  Sherry
   1 1/2 c  Black raisins
       3 tb Olive oil
       1    Onion, minced
       3 ts Oregano
       3 ts Cumin seed, crushed
       2 tb Ground chile (California or
            New Mexican chile
            Powder)
       1 ts Salt
     1/4 c  Slivered almonds
       1 c  Sliced black olives, or 1/2
         c  Sliced stuffed green olives
            Grandma’s favorite)
       2 tb Sugar for sprinkling over
            Empanadas (optional)
  
   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 don't 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 doesn't 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.
   
   PER LARGE TURNOVER: 520 calories, 28 g protein, 44 g carbo- hydrate, 27 g
   fat (6 g saturated), 73 mg cholesterol, 572 mg sodium, 3 g fiber.
   
   Jacquiline Higuera McMahan writing in the San Francisco Chronicle,
   12/16/92.
   
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