November 3, 2010 | 11 Comments »
As I said before there are NO options for me as far as takeout goes around here. No kidding. Not a single option. Well, unless you consider fries to be an option, but I always wonder if they’re fried in a separate fryer. Sure people say they are, but are they really? So I’ve had to take matters into my own hands. I make some fun fast food type foods and freeze them for those days that I just don’t feel like cooking. Plus it’s easy for my husband to pull something from the freezer and bake it for me as opposed to standing in the kitchen trying to make heads or tails from one of my many recipe books.
This is one of my favorites. It’s an empanada filled with ‘sloppy joe’ filling. I use the Easy Piecrust recipe from Vegan Lunch Box because it’s perfect. It’s nice and flaky. I roll it out as thin as possible and cut out circles using the rim of a glass/cookie cutter/biscuit cutter. A tortilla press would be PERFECT for this, but I’ve misplaced mine so I’m stuck doing this manually until I replace it. Anyway, scoop a tablespoon or two of the ‘sloppy joe’ mixture which consists of Boca Ground Crumbles and Hunt’s Manwich Sauce, fold it in half, pinch the edges together with your fingers or using a fork to create ridges all around and bake them until golden brown. I usually flip them half way through to brown the tops as well. I don’t have an exact cooking time because that would depend on thickness and size of the empanadas. Just set your oven to 375 degrees and check on them from time to time to make sure they don’t burn.
I usually bake a few and freeze the rest. Place them in some sandwich bags or containers and freeze them until you’re ready to eat them. Of course it’ll take longer to cook since it’s frozen. But it really is a time saver. And kid friendly. My son LOVES these.
Of course you can fry them if you want, but I prefer mine baked. It tastes great baked. I promise. Plus you won’t feel as guilty if you eat more than 2. You can also use your own ‘sloppy joe’ sauce if you have time to spare. I especially love the Snobby Joe’s sauce from Veganomicon. I usually go by that recipe when I have the time. It’s no Banana King, but these empanadas really do the trick when you’re in the mood for one.