Empanada de Lomo (Empanada with Marinated Pork and Roasted Red Pepper)
Serves: 6 to 8
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling the bowl
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Spanish pimenton dulce (sweet paprika)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt, to taste
- 1 bay leaf
- Pork fillets (12 ounces total), thinly cut into 1/3-inch-thick strips
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface and pan
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons packed fresh baker’s yeast or 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup whole milk, warmed (105 to 115 degrees)
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, halved crosswise and sliced into thick lengthwise strips
- Butter for greasing pan
In a large bowl, blend garlic, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, wine, 1 teaspoon of the paprika and the oregano. Add salt (to taste), bay leaf and pork. Turn over to coat. Cover and marinate at least 2 hours.
Meanwhile, put the flour in a large bowl; sprinkle in the remaining paprika and 1 teaspoon salt, blend with your fingers; make a well in the middle. Dissolve yeast in the milk; pour the yeast mixture into the well along with one egg. Begin working flour into a ball while adding 2 tablespoons olive oil. (Add a touch more milk if needed.)
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work space and knead by hand about 10 minutes, until supple, elastic and slightly tacky. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and let rise about 1 hour, or until about doubled in size.
In a large skillet or saute pan, heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat, add onions, and cook until they begin to soften and turn pale, about 5 minutes, add the bell pepper and cook until both are tender, about 25 minutes. Place a lid over the pan during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Transfer to a bowl.
Preheat a heavy skillet over high heat. Discard garlic and bay leaf from the marinade. Place the pork evenly in the skillet (you may have to do this in batches; don’t crowd the pan), quickly brown the pork in its marinade, 1 to 2 minutes. Place the pork in the bowl with the onions and bell peppers and blend well.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Butter and flour a 10 1/2-inch pie pan or line it with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit.
Divide dough in half with one piece slightly larger. On a lightly floured surface, roll the large piece of dough into a circle (about 12 inches). Gently place the dough over the pan then gently fit it into the pie pan leaving the excess dough draped over the rim of the pan. Spread the pork mixture evenly over the pie crust.
Roll out the remaining piece of dough (to fit the pan in about a 10- to 11-inch circle); Place it on the top of the filling like a lid. Cut away excess dough leaving enough dough to pinch the dough edges together with your fingers. Make about a 1-inch hole in the center of the top crust to allow some steam to escape.
With the excess dough, decorate the top crust as desired. Roll out some pieces to run across the top or make a cross or a simple braid to run along the edge.
Use a pastry brush to spread the top of the empanada with the whisked egg.
Bake until the top is golden, about 20-25 minutes.
Let the empanada cool before slicing into portions and serving.
From “Spain” by Jeff Koehler