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Category : The Four Legged       Region : Southeast ~ Prairie       Rating : 5
Saponi Beef Empanadas

Contributor : Added by Administrator

Tribal Affiliation : Haliwa Saponi from North Carolina

Orgin of Recipe : Offered by Kimmie Whitehead ...who learned this from her Puerto Rican mother-in-law (who knows what she’s doing)

Type of Dish : Today's Native Dishes

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Ingredients

  • Pam Cooking Spray or use Reynolds wrap to line baking dish
  • 1 Can Crescent Rolls (quicker than making your own dough)
  • 2 Cups (separated) Shredded Cheese (whichever type you prefer - I like sharp cheddar)
  • Butter Or Margarine (for sautéing)
  • 2 Cups Canned Tomatoes (without the juice)
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Diced (or sliced if you prefer) Black Olives
  • 1 Teaspoon Sweet Basil
  • 1 Lb. Ground Beef (may substitute chicken cubes, ground turkey or buffalo)
  • 1 Large Finely Chopped Onion
  • Wax Paper To Roll On
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt (optional) and 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
  • 1 Cup Flour To Roll Dough
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
  • 6 Egg Whites

Directions

Pull out wax paper and lay out for the crescent rolls.
Open the can so they will be easier to pull apart.
Sauté onion and garlic in butter or margarine until soft, remove from fire & set aside to cool.
Cook the meat till just done and remove from fire.
Drain fat. Set aside to cool so you can handle.
In large bowl, combine and stir: olives, sugar, tomatoes, salt, pepper, hot sauce and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Onion and garlic mixture and meat should have cooled by now, so add it in.
Take bowl by your area where wax paper is.
Spray your baking dish with Pam or line bottom with aluminum foil.
Flour your hands, wax paper & rolling pin or jar.
Pull off one dough section to roll (to make larger surface to fill with - Do not roll too thin)
Fill one at time with 1 heaping tablespoon of mixture and roll up according to directions on can and place on baking sheet with 1 inch between each.
Bake according to directions on roll can and let cool...eat up!

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