A pork butt is slow-cooked to make a savory filling that's tucked inside a homemade pastry. These can be frozen baked or unbaked, and the pork and empanada dough can be made ahead of time.
You may substitute vegetable shortening for the lard, if you prefer.
These were delicious, but to save time, instead of making the pastry part, Goya makes empanada discos in pkgs of 10 in most grocers freezers. This saves lots of time. You can make the filling ahead of time, then thaw the discos and right in the oven. - 22 Apr 2007 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
DH devoured these. I have much more respect for people who willilingly prepare things like this on a regular basis. =) This recipe did prompt me to go buy those rings that go on your rolling pin to get the dough thickness accurate and a pastry mat with the circles. Next time I'll probably double the pastry dough recipe since I got 16 balls that ended up much too thin and tended to tear when the empanadas were shaped. DH also wants to try them with the meat filling from the Puerto Rican Meat Patties recipe on this site. - 20 Jan 2002 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Pretty good. I added 3 ancho chiles (dried/deseeded) to meat/water mixture, and after meat cooked and chiles soften, I took 2 cups of reserved juices and blended with chiles, this made a thicker sauce and alot of flavor. They were a hit at graduation party! - 22 May 2001 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)