Anything Goes Empanadas

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Preparation time
25 mins
Cooking time
20 mins
6 people
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1 batch
Shortcrust Pastry
Bay leaves
1 cloves
450 grams
leftover vegetables (for example cooked and chopped sweet potatoes, squash, parsnips, peas, potatoes, carrots, sweetcorn)
1 tbspn
Olive Oil
Anything Goes Empanadas

Empanadas (or patties as they’re known in English) are a popular snack in Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay. They travel well so they make a great alternative to sandwiches when you need fun food on the go. The best thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever filling you like or have available, there are some suggestions below. Get experimenting and let us know which flavours you prefer!

This recipe came from the Real Junk Food Project in Brighton  who I visited in Brighton (read all about it here). They are named ‘anything goes empanadas’ because they are made with leftover cooked vegetables to help reduce kitchen food waste.

Take Action: What to learn more about the Real Junk Food Project? Visit their website and watch this 10 minute Tedex video by the Project’s founder Adam Smith. Check out this post about the cafe here which includes five tips to reduce your kitchen food waste. To receive a free copy of the Real Junk Food Project’s leftovers cookbook to create more meals from your leftovers email:

  1. Stir fry the onion, garlic, and leek in the oil with the bay leaves. Once softened remove and discard the bay leaves, put into a large bowl and leave to cool.
  2. Once cooled add the leftover vegetables and the other herbs to the bowl and mix well.
  3. Take the rolled out pastry and cut into small circles of about 10-12cm diameter (this is roughly the size of a small sauce).
  4. Add the mix to one half of the circle, and then gently lift the other half over sealing the edges by pressing down. Take a fork and press all the side to ensure a good seal.
  5. Bake in the oven according to the pastry instructions. They are best served warm. Empanadas are usually served with salsa ají (Colombian spicy salsa) or if chilli’s not your thing why not try a mild tomato salsa.

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