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Savory Brisket Empanadas


  • Savory Brisket Empanadas
Argentina, a treasure trove of culinary treats, is known for fabulous stuffed empanadas. What could be better than Nations Best® Brisket, mixed with savory olives, sweet raisins and tomato sauce tucked into this favorite snack? Serve with Chimichurri Sauce for dipping and Malbec wine for sipping.

Note: Can be made in advance, refrigerated and reheated.


  • Empanada Dough:
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 c cold shortening
  • 4 to 6 Tbsp ice water
  • Filling:
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 c each chopped onion and green bell pepper
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 10 oz chopped Nations Best® Corned Beef Brisket
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Prepare the empanada dough. Pulse the flour and salt in a food processor to combine. Add the shortening. Pulse on and off until it resembles coarse meal. Add 4 tablespoons of water and pulse until the dough just gathers in the side of the bowl. Add a bit more water if necessary. Form dough into a ball. Plastic wrap well and chill for 2 hours.
  2. Prepare the filling. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and pepper. Cook until softened, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste, 1/2 cup water and the vinegar. Cook for 20 minutes. Combine with the brisket, eggs, olives, raisins, salt and pepper.
  3. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the empanada dough 1/8" thick and cut into 4" rounds.
  4. Place a large spoonful of the filling in the center of a circle of dough. Cover with another circle. Crimp the edges together with fork tines.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange the empanadas on a baking sheet. Prick each one several times with the fork. Brush with the beaten egg. Bake until golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm.

    Makes 10