Pasteis De Carne (fried Pastries With Meat Filling)

Total Time
2hrs 55mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
2 hrs 25 mins

These sound delicious, this is posted by request via email for "Rachel", they sound so good I may try them myself soon. From "Latin American Cooking, A treasury of recipes from the South American countries, Mexico and the Caribbean" Susan Bensusan.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. To prepare the pastry, sift the flour and salt into a bowl.
  2. Add the melted shortening and warm milk and water.
  3. Mix to a smooth dough and cut into 2 pieces.
  4. To prepare the filling, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and garlic and fry for 5 minutes until soft and golden.
  5. Add the tomatoes, ground beef and salt.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes until almost dry.
  7. Remove from the heat.
  8. Add the chopped parsley, egg, cheese and olives and mix well.
  9. To assemble pastries, roll out the pastry on a floured board to 1/8 inch thickness.
  10. Cut 12, 4 inch circles from each piece, 24 circles.
  11. Place 1 tablespoon filling on each circle and moisten around the edge with warm water.
  12. Fold over and seal the edges well.
  13. Deep fry in preheated 375f degree oil for 4 to 5 minutes until golden and crisp.
  14. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper towel.
  15. The pastries are also delicious cold and make good picnic fare.
  16. They may also be made without the ground beef.
  17. Variation to replace ground beef, use finely chopped ham, chopped chicken, or shrimp.