I have to remind you in this post that I am not a writer, and that I’m an english learner. So, in the same way you’ll notice that this is not a recipe by a professional cook. Nevertheless, I had to try writing my version of this recipe below because I simply love it and I need to practice my kitchen/cooking vocabulary.
This is for more or less 12 empanadas.
☝ 1 Kg. or 2 lbs. of yucca
✌ 1/2 cup of pre-cooked white corn meal (that kind of flour ground from maize that we mostly use to make arepas).
👌 Sugar and salt as you like. I like it salty with a hint of sweetness. So I use 1 spoon of salt and 1 spoon of sugar or papelón (which is much healthier crude brown sugar).
👐 Your favorite salty filling (It could be cheese, chicken, ground beef, ham, sauteed vegetables, combinations of them, your imagination is the limit.)
1.🔪Peel and cut into little pieces the yucca.
2.🔥Put the pieces and the salt in boling water until they are soft enough to easily smash them.
3. 🍴 Smash the yucca while it’s hot on plate, and then put it into a bowl.
4. 👋 When it isn’t hot but warm, add the corn flour and the sugar, and knead it for 5minutes.
5. ✊Put a ball that fits in your fist over one plastic sheet and cover it with another.
6. 🍳 Press it with something plain and heavy to get it flat until you have 5-mm-thick dough, and remove the top plastic sheet.
7.🐓🐴🐖🐟🍆 🍠Put one or two spoons of your filling ingredient in the middle.
8.↪ Fold it with the help of the plastic sheet to have a semicircle and cut it with a bowl to seal the edge.
9. 🔥Deep fry it.
👏 Enjoy it!
They are crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside and gluten free. I am so sorry I don’t have a good picture to show you.