Vegan Empanadas: Two Delicious Recipes

October 16, 2019
Following a vegan diet doesn't mean that your meals should be bland and boring. Today, we'll propose two recipes for vegan empanadas that, besides being delicious, will fill your kitchen with irresistible aromas!

An empanada is a pastry that can be stuffed with practically anything. Thus, you can find sweet, savory, meat, fish, vegetable, and even fruit empanadas. Some people even make vegan ones. Don’t miss out on the two delicious vegan empanadas recipes we’ll share today!

Empanadas

Empanadas are delicious. The truth is that they’re actually one of the favorite snacks around the world. In addition, there are many kinds of baked or fried empanadas made with all sorts of fillings.

The main secret is the dough. Thus, they can be prepared with wheat flour or puff pastry. It all depends on what you like the best. The same is true regarding the filling.

Now, empanadas normally include ingredients that are incompatible with a vegan diet. For example, before putting them in the oven, they’re usually covered with a mixture of a beaten egg to ensure better consistency, color, and flavor. This is why many people ask themselves if it’s possible to make vegan empanadas.

Of course, it is!

Below, we suggest two recipes for vegan empanadas that are really easy to make. They’re delicious!

We recommend that you read: Three Delicious Recipes for Vegan Cheese

Vegan empanadas recipe #1

Homemade vegetable empanadas.

Make your own empanadas at home to choose the ingredients you like best, including those to make them 100% vegan.

Ingredients for these vegan empanadas:

For the dough:

  • A cup of wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • Soy milk for brushing
  • Salt

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup of peas
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 a red pepper
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Some celery
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preparation:

  1. First, boil the peas.
  2. Meanwhile, add all the ingredients to make the dough in a bowl and knead well. Then, cover the dough with plastic wrap and leave it in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  3. After that, wash and cut the vegetables into small pieces (except the peas) and add a splash of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Sauté all the vegetables in a frying pan, adding the peas until they turn golden brown and absorb the liquids.
  5. Then, take the dough out of the refrigerator and divide it into eight pieces.
  6. Knead every piece and make a very thin circle with each.
  7. After that, add a tablespoon of vegetable filling to each dough circle and close it. Make sure not to overfill the dough and close every empanada well, pressing the edges with a fork. Otherwise, they’ll open while they’re baking and the filling will leak out everywhere inside the oven.
  8. To close them and make them more golden, brush them with soy milk.
  9. Then, add some flour to a baking tray so your empanadas don’t stick and then place them on top.
  10. In a preheated oven at 390°F, bake your vegan empanadas for 20 minutes until they turn golden brown.
  11. You can enjoy your vegan empanadas both cold and hot.

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Vegan empanadas recipe #2

Fried empanadas.

You should be particularly careful when filling the dough. Make sure to not overfill them so they don’t open during baking.

Ingredients for these vegan empanadas:

For the dough:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 a cup of vegetable margarine
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of cold water

For the fillingL

Preparation:

For the dough:

  1. First of all, sift the flour and add the salt and sugar.
  2. Then, once you mix these ingredients well, add the margarine at room temperature and mix it with the flour.
  3. After that, slowly add the vinegar and water, kneading continuously.
  4. Finally, continue kneading the entire mixture until you get a homogeneous dough.
  5. Cover it with plastic wrap and put it inside the fridge for an hour.

For the filling:

  1. First of all, wash and peel the vegetables.
  2. Then, finely chop the onion and garlic and sauté them in a frying pan or pot with olive oil.
  3. After that, add the spinach to the frying pan. If it’s frozen, thaw and wash it well beforehand. In addition, drain it well to remove excess liquid.
  4. Once you add the spinach, stir it around a bit and then cover the pot. Let simmer for about five to seven minutes. Then, remove from heat.

To make the vegan empanadas:

  1. First of all, take the dough out of the refrigerator and divide it into as many empanadas as you’re going to make.
  2. Then, flatten the dough pieces into very thin circles with a rolling pin and then add a tablespoon of filling.
  3. After, close the empanada well by following the same advice as in the above recipe.
  4. Then, add some flour to a baking tray so your empanadas don’t stick and then place them on top.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 390°F for approximately 20 minutes.

Now you can enjoy some delicious vegan empanadas. Everyone will love them!

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