Friday, August 13, 2010

TUNA EMPANADA


(20 servings)

INGREDIENTS FOR THE PIE CRUST:

2 eggs

2 cups margarine

2 tablespoons white sugar

4 cups flour

Salt to taste

1 cup water


INGREDIENTS FOR THE SPREAD:

2 cups tuna flakes

2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubed

2 cups green peas (gisantes)

1 ½ cups red bell pepper, cleaned and finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

Cooking oil

Ground black pepper



PROCEDURES:


WAYS IN MAKING PIE CRUST:

· Put the flour into a bowl, add the white sugar and salt, mix well using a 2 forks.

· Add the margarine into the mixture until very thick.

· Add the eggs and mix again, add the water and mix very well again.

· Spooned the mixture and shape each into a ball. Wrapped each ball into a wall paper and put in the refrigerator.


WAYS IN MAKING SPREAD:

· Fry the potatoes in hot cooking oil, until cooked but not totally brown. Drain on a kitchen paper and set aside.

· Saute garlic in a small amount of the cooking oil. Add the fried potatoes, tuna flakes, green peas and the red bell pepper.

· Stirring constantly until cooked and done.


WAYS IN MAKING THE TUNA EMPANADA:

· Get the balled flour mixture from the refrigerator. Put the balls into a clean table. Put the rolling pin of a small amount of flour.

· Flattened each ball using the wooden rolling pin, make each into a thin round shaped, this will be the wrapper or crust of the spread to make tuna empanada.

· Put each thin round shaped a spoonful of the tuna spread, let the 2 edge meet to enclosed the crust using a fork. Place each empanada into a tray.

· Repeat third step until done.

· Heat the cooking oil into a deep frying pan for deep frying.

· Gently place each empanada into the hot cooking oil and fry each side until golden or lightly brown. One by one if possible to avoid from sticking each other.

· Remove from the frying pan if already cooked, drain on a kitchen paper.

· Ready to serve or wrapped each into a paper before serving.


MORE TIPS:

- Drain each Empanada very well for health security to avoid from too much cholesterol.

- It is much better to use vegetable oil for cooking or deep frying but it will costs more expensive from the ordinary cooking oil but at least our health is free from too much cholesterol and less danger.

- Medicines and hospitalizations are more expensive than using vegetable oil.

- We can also use ground pork, ground beef, ground chicken and any fish flakes or smoked fish flakes as substitute to tuna fish.

- Adding more ground black pepper or bell pepper will lessen the fishy smell.

- It is also better to prepare Tuna Empanada as a business.

- Best to serve with sweet and sour sauce or ketchup.

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