I always want to offer and make easy, simple and healthy alternatives to my family, and this recipe is just the perfect example of why I love to cook.
My grandmother use to make this picadillo with lots of red meat, and I love it don’t get me wrong, but one day I decide to make it more simple and healthier for me and my family.
Just changing some ingredients and substituting the red meat with turkeywas enough to make the picadillo a great and healthy meal. I do love to cook with turkey and is present even in our hamburgers, yes I made turkey patties from scratch and is one of our favorite every Sunday.
Turkey is really good for you not only is a lean protein, in fact, turkey is a very versatile protein. It absorbs the flavor of spices and sauces providing a lean protein canvas for favorite recipes. In many cases, using turkey can mean a healthier dish with fewer calories.
So I did a turkey recipe remix of my grandmother’s recipe, and let me tell you everybody love it so much that it has become a favorite of us on Tuesday night, I know many of you will say that Tuesdays are for tacos, but in my house Tuesdays are for Turkey not only is super delicious but it is so versatile. I made my picadillo with ground turkey but you can also use turkey sausage, is equally delicious.
Heat a pot over medium heat, add onions and bell pepper, cook for 3 minutes, then add the ground turkey and cook for about 5 minutes, moving constantly.
Add the rest of the ingredients, mix until well combine, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes over low heat. This slow cooking process is very important for the potatoes and turkey to absorb all the delicious flavors. Remember to check the salt before serving and you can always serve with a side of salad
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I love this time of the year, is my favorite season and my favorite time in the kitchen, we have so much fun cooking, telling stories and sharing traditions with our kids, is just special for us.
All good story in my house has a plate of food next to it and this year and sharing with my girls this traditional and delicious recipe that is a must to make during the Posadas. Let me tell you a little bit, Posadas in my country are songs the we sing in the whole neighborhood, and we go from house to house; At the end we all gather in one house to finish singing and is when the delicious food appear.
You can imagine all the delicious food everybody makes, sweet, savory, non-alcoholic drinks, and more, so many food that you ended up almost sleep in the couch.
My grandmother used to make Empanadas de Picadillo, so delicious, and they were a request, during this time, I have made a lot of my grandmothers recipes but this one is very close to my heart, because, the love and dedication the she always put in to her recipes comes true every time I make this empanadas.
Empanadas are very traditional in my country and you can make then with any kind of meat, for us is just potatoes and La Morena Whole Jalapeños, yes the spicy in this filling is necessary and delicious, and don’t worry you can always have a cold glass of refreshing Coca-Cola to wash up the heat.
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I’d love to hear your favorite tradition during this season!
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Empanadas de Picadillo, delicious crispy pastry filled with a mix of potatoes and tomato.
For the filling
Heat a pot to medium high heat and add some oil, cook onions until soft, add potatoes and tomato sauce, cook for 3 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients, with exclusion of the egg and the 1/2 teaspoon of water. Add salt and pepper, and mix well. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, cool completely before filling the empanadas.
Prepare the puff pastry, you can thaw the pastry at room temperature for no more than 40 minutes or until pastry unfolds easily. Thawed sheets should still be cold, so you can get that delicious crispy exterior.
Use a round cookie cutter and cut the puff pastry, fill one side with a teaspoon of the picadillo and fold the other half, glaze with the egg and water mixture.
Bake for 15 minutes, and enjoy then at room temperature or warm.