Prawn & Spring Onion Empanadas – Nadia Graves

Nadia Gravess Prawn & Spring Onion EmpanadasNadia Graves’s Prawn & Spring Onion Empanadas

Nadia says: “Tender, flaky pastry pockets filled with everything from fresh vegetables to spicy beef? Yes, please. Empanadas are always welcome in my kitchen and on my plate. The exquisitely fragrant prawn filling in my take on these classic Argentinian pastries is something you will definitely relish. They are very easy to make and are a perfect on the go snack food or light meal with a side salad.”

Makes 8

Ingredients
Spring onions, one bunch
Olive oil
1 red chilli, finely diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
350 g / 12 oz raw peeled prawns, roughly chopped
75 g / 3 oz feta, crumbled

Empanada dough
15 g / 1/2 tablespoon butter, cold and cut into cubes
250 g / 8 1/2 oz  flour
1 egg, separated
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Preparation

Dough
Rub the butter into the flour
Add the egg white and half the yolk (keep the rest)
Add the vinegar, salt and enough cold water to make a soft dough
Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth
Wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest for 30 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180 c / 350 F
Finely slice the spring onions

Method
Heat some oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté them until soft but not coloured
Add the chilli and garlic
Add the prawns and cook until opaque, about 2 minutes
Season
Remove the prawns with a slotted spoon and set aside
Boil the liquid until it thickens then return the prawns to the skillet
Divide the dough into eight balls
Roll them out into thin circles
Place some filling on one half of the dough
Sprinkle some feta on top and fold the other half over
Fold and crimp the dough together so that the empanada is tightly sealed
Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment
Mix the left over egg yolk with a drop of water and brush the empanadas
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden
Enjoy!

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Nadia Graves PicNadia Graves

I have always had a passion for food. Growing up in South Africa with a French mother who loved travel and was a great cook, I developed very early on a love for cooking and eating. I started off my career as a Chartered Accountant working in the accounting world, hospitality, and entertainment world before moving to Paris in my mid twenties. This was heaven for a foodie like me, daily trips to my local market, glorious food everywhere.
While pregnant with my daughter, Nicole, now 22, I attended courses at Le Cordon Bleu. A few years later that included a stint in Copenhagen, London and back to Paris, my ex-husband, daughter and I moved to Los Angeles, for what we thought would be two years. Well, 17 years later a lot has happened. I changed careers to being an educator and worked in a private girls school, got divorced and then met the most wonderful man, my husband, Stuart. We married in January 2015. All the while, I continued my passion for cooking and food. Loving nothing more than trying out new recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and of course, eating. I have taught small group and private cooking lessons for 20 years now and as we embark on a new life in France in July 2015, I am so excited about the experiences awaiting us.
I look forward to discovering new foods and wines from every region of France and especially the Dordogne.
Food and life is about sharing and I can’t wait for you to join me in my adventures in my home and kitchen!

Visit Nadia’s lovely website, Maison Travers – CLICK HERE

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