A Turkey Recipe for Red Wine Lovers

    These tasty “turnovers” or “hot pockets” match well with Syrah, Italian red wines, or white wines that have not been over-exposed to oak. This recipe makes 10 empanadas.



* Vegetable oil

* 1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper

* 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

* 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

* 1 tablespoon finely chopped celery

* 1 clove garlic

* 2 cups shredded cooked turkey

* 1 tablespoon steak sauce

* 1 teaspoon salt, divided

* Pinch of turmeric

* 3 cups instant corn masa

* 2 to 2 1/2 cups water

* Shredded cabbage


1. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add pepper, onion, cilantro, celery and garlic. Cook 2 minutes.

2. Add turkey, sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and turmeric. Cook for 5 minutes until sizzling sticky. Set aside.

3. Measure masa and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a medium mixing bowl. Add water slowly, kneading the mixture with your hands, until moist dough is formed. Divide into 10 balls, and cover with a kitchen towel.

4. Roll one ball of dough between your palms for several seconds, and place it on top of Saran Wrap or a similar surface. Pat and turn until the circle of dough is 6 inches in diameter. Use flat fingers of one hand for the patting, and curved fingers of the other hand to shape the edge.

5. Spread 1-2 heaping tablespoons of turkey mixture across center of the circle. Use the plastic to lift and fold the dough into a semicircle. Press gently to seal the edges. Repeat with remaining dough and filling, keeping the finished empanadas covered with a towel.

6. Pour oil into a medium skillet to a depth of 1/4 inch. Heat over medium-high. Fry empanadas two at a time until crisp and golden, about 2 minutes per side. Open on seam and stuff in cabbage. Serve while hot.


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