Archive for November, 2007

Turkey Empanadas from Frugal Hacks

Posted on November 23, 2007. Filed under: Hispanic, Leftovers, Lunch, Main Dish, Reviewed, Sandwiches |

Because of the amount of cheese in these, they aren’t exactly frugal, but they are delicious and they will use up a lot of turkey at once.

Equal amounts of chopped up cooked chicken or turkey and grated cheddar or jack cheese (or combination)
2 or 3 cans of diced green chiles, or to taste.

Pastry pocket:
5 cups flour
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
2 1/2 teaspoons of salt

Cut in 1 1/3 cups plus 3 tablespoons of shortening.

Sprinkle with 3/4 cup of water.

Stir this with a fork until a dough forms. Roll the dough out; cut in large circles (I use a dessert plate as a template and trace it with a knife). Spoon some filling on one side of the circle, fold over the other half and seal all around the edge with a fork edge. You may want to moisten the edges. Put them on a pan, brush with milk, sprinkle with cornmeal for added crunch.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, or unti golden brown.

I believe this makes enough to feed four people, depending on appetites. I generally triple it.

REVIEW:  This was not so great.  I used frozen empanada discos (Goya) and baked as directed here.  They were definitely overcooked.  This recipe was work-intensive for a so-so result.  Next time I’ll just buy frozen prepared empanadas.

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Glazed Ginger Cookies

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Cookies |

Glazed Ginger Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon and ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 cup light molasses
1 tablespoon vinegar

2 cups confectioners sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk

Sift flour with salt, baking powder, soda and spices and set aside. In large bowl cream sugar, egg and shortening until light. Stir in molasses, vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Mixture will look curdled. Gradually stir in dry mixture until smooth. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets. Bake 10-15 minutes. Cool on wire rack until just slightly warm, then spread with glaze.

Glaze: Combine milk and sugar. Stir until smooth. Makes about 4 dozen.

Source:  Family Corner

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