Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe: Black Friday Empanadas
The next day is always better.
It’s calm, relaxed. The cooking is finished, the fridge full of food, the dishes done. The relatives have left, but the house is still full with those special few.
Of course you can slice a few rolls in half and pile them high with turkey, potatoes, corn and a drizzle of gravy. You can just re-heat and set up a mini buffet for those still left in your care. You can and everyone will be happy.
But maybe you want to try something new. Maybe it’s time for change. This dough takes about fifteen minutes and gives your guests a fun new way to experience leftovers. It’s new, but made with the stuff you already have stacked in tupperware in the fridge.
Or maybe you tuck this idea in your back pocket for the next time you have unexpected guests, a few tubs of leftovers, and you want to do something that feel special.
Either way, you’ll look brilliant.
- 3 cups (350g) Masa Harina (corn flour)
- 1 cup (120g) all purpose flour
- 1 tsp (6g) salt
- 1 cup (226g) warm water
- 1 cup (226g) pale ale beer, warmed to body temperature
- 2 tbs (32g) vegetable oil
- Oil for baking
- Roasted turkey, chopped
- Mashed potatoes
- Cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Add the masa, flour, salt, water, beer, and oil to a bowl, stir until a soft dough forms. If the dough is too wet, add additional flour. The consistency should be similar to Play-Doh. Cover the bowl and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
- Form dough into balls about the size of golf balls.
- One at a time place between two sheets of parchment paper (parchment works better than plastic wrap, the dough removes more easily) and using either a tortilla press or a rolling pin, press/roll into 6 inch circles.
- Add about 2 tablespoons of filling in the center (use any combination of left over Thanksgiving food that appeals to you). Using the parchment, fold over the dough to form a crescent shape. Peel back the parchment and press the dough to seal the edges. Repeat for all dough balls.
- Place on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Flip over and bake for a additional 15 minutes or until dough is golden brown.