Pork and Mango Empanadas

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Ingredients

Filling

  • 6 lb pork shoulder, cut into large chunks
  • 1 c BBQ sauce
  • 1 can ginger ale
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tsp. salt

Dough

  • 15 c flour
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 6 c butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 -4 c water

Assembly

  • 2 -3 eggs
  • 3 lb jarred mangos, cut into strips
  • 10 roasted poblanos, cut into strips

Cilantro crème

  • 3 c sour cream
  • 2 c cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 green onions, finely sliced
  • ½ c pique (Puerto Rican hot sauce)
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp. salt

Directions

Filling

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. In a large baking dish mix together all the ingredients for the filling, cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake at 325F for 3 to 4 hours or until the meat is tender and easily twists when a fork is inserted in the middle.
  4. Remove the chunks of meat from the sauce and let them cool.
  5. Pour the sauce into a pot, bring to a boil over high heat and reduce by half stirring occasionally.
  6. When you can handle the meat shred it into small pieces and combine with the reduced sauce, taste and adjust for seasoning.

Dough

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together, cut the butter in using a pasty knife or do small batches in a food processor.
  2. When all of the butter has been cut into small pea sized pieces with the flour add the two eggs and half the the water. Mix together, slowly add more water as needed until the dough just comes together.
  3. Divide the dough into quarters, press into discs and wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Assembly

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Beat the eggs together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Roll out the chilled dough, use plenty of flour to prevent it from sticking to the counter and rotate it often so you end up with an even thickness.
  4. Use a bowl and cut out circles from your sheet of dough, brush the edges with the egg wash.
  5. On the bottom half of each circle of dough lay a ¼ of a roasted poblano, a slice of jarred mango and some of the pulled pork filling. Fold over the top lining up the edges and press them together with your fingertips or crimp with the tines of a fork.
  6. Transfer the empanadas onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper for easy clean up and chill for 15 minutes.
  7. After they have chilled brush with more egg wash.
  8. Bake at 425F for 30 minutes or until golden brown all over, rotate trays half way through baking.

Cilantro crème

  1. Mix together everything for the crème in a medium bowl and serve with the warm empanadas.


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