Juicy pulled pork encased in flaky pastry makes a hearty Super Bowl snack that can be served warm or room temp. Cilantro mojo adds a welcome burst of citrus.
Photos by Amy Robb
Pulled Pork Empanadas with Cilantro Mojo Sauce
- 1 recipe Empanada Dough
- 1 14-oz package Niman Ranch Pulled Pork with Smoky Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
- 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
- Cilantro Mojo Sauce recipe below
- 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup ice water
CILANTRO MOJO SAUCE
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro including stems, roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic peeled, roughly chopped
- 2 scallions roots trimmed, chopped in 2-inch sections
- 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Few grindings of pepper
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Combine flour and salt in food processor and blend to combine.
- Add butter cubes and pulse until mixture resembles corn meal – it’s OK if there are a few small lumps of butter.
- Combine egg and water in a small bowl and whisk together.
- Add to flour mixture and pulse just until combined. If dough seems very dry, add a tablespoon more of ice water.
- Turn out onto lightly floured surface and form dough into a flat rectangle, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Divide dough in 12 equal balls and roll out each into a circle about 5 inches around and 1/8 inch thick. Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling in center.
- Lightly dampen one edge of the round. Fold dough in half and press edges to seal, then pinch and crimp edges decoratively. Place on a baking sheet.
- Brush each empanada with beaten egg and water.
- Bake about 25 minutes, until golden.
- Cool on a rack for 10 minutes.
- To serve, accompany each empanada with a spoonful or small ramekin of Cilantro Mojo Sauce.
Cilantro Mojo Sauce (Makes about 2/3 cup)
- Combine all ingredients in food processor. Blend, stopping occasionally to scrape sides with spatula.