Wild Turkey Empanadas

Whether baked or fried, there is no denying empanadas, or meat pies, are a simple and tasty way to whip up a hearty meal using ground wild game. Prepare these tasty treats for your next gathering and let the fiesta begin.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground wild turkey
1 tbs taco seasoning*
1/4 cup water
1/2 brown onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbs Worcestershire
1 jalapeno, minced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 rolls ready to bake  pie crusts
1 egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. In skillet add 1 tbs olive oil and heat on high/med. add onions and jalapeños, sauté 2 minutes until soft, add garlic and cook additional 45-60 seconds
  3. Add wild turkey meat, salt, pepper, Worcestershire and cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  4. Add cilantro, followed by taco seasoning and water. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and cook 5 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  6. Taking your premed pie crusts, roll out and cut circles. The easiest way to do this is place a bowl face down and cut along the rim.
  7. Scoop one large spoon full of meat to the center of your cut our pie crust
  8. Fold circle in half and using a fork, press down the edges, brush egg wash over each Empanadas and place on baking sheet.
  9. Cook 18-20 minutes or until golden brown, remove and enjoy.

Taco Seasoning

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
(If you need or want a little more kick add ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper)

Directions: 

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container
  2. Use 2 tablespoons of seasoning per 1 pound of meat
  3. Brown meat sprinkle, seasoning over meat add 1/3 cup of water
  4. Mix into meat and simmer for 5 minutes or until most of the water is cooked off

— Jeremiah Doughty
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