Violeta Patino prepared these authentic Empanadas at our April 20th, 2019 cooking demo, held at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in Lisle, Illinois. A specialty from Guanajuato, Mexico but originating in Spain, these savory pies are a flaky, vegan treat.
Mix masa, salt, water, and coconut oil. Knead for about 8 minutes.
Cover dough with a wet towel while preparing the filling.
Soak soy chorizo in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes, drain, set aside.
To make the vegan cheese, boil potatoes until they are well cooked. Drain. In a food processor, combine cooked potatoes with oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and brewer’s yeast. Process until sticky, with consistency of mozzarella cheese, about 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl. Set aside.
Using your hands, roll dough into small balls. Flatten with a tortilla press (or a flat-bottomed bowl) to ¼-inch thickness. Place a tablespoon of soy chorizo and a tablespoon of vegan cheese on one side of the dough. Fold the dough over in half to enclose the filling. Use a fork to press and seal the edges closed (or an empanada press).
Heat oil in a wok or deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Fry until golden brown, about 5 to 8 minutes.
Serve accompanied by a delicious and spicy salsa.
Note: Empanadas can also be baked in a 350-degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Brush with vegan butter before baking for a golden finish.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor until desired consistency.