Baked Crab and Corn Empanadas with Roasted Poblano Sauce

By • July 23, 2011 • 0 Comments



Author Notes: I’ve been really into fruit salsas this summer and when the hot, steamy weather last week left me craving watermelon, I decided to make a Latin American style meal featuring light and fresh summer flavors. These crab and corn empanadas were a huge hit! The crust was crispy and flakey and, while the flavor of the filling was unexpected, it just worked. The smokey and complex flavor of the poblano sauce paired perfectly with the rest of the meal .

I served these with sauteed plantains and watermelon salsa (watermelon, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt). The meal was light and refreshing. If you want a more substantial dinner, they would also be great with a side of black beans.
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Serves 8

Empanada Filling

  • 1 cup lump crab meat
  • scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbs water
  • 16 oz puff pastry, thawed
  • alt and pepper

Roasted Poblano Sauce

  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 2 tomatillos
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a large bowl, combine the crab meat, scallions, corn, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cut each sheet of pastry into 4 squares. Place one rounded tablespoon of the crab and corn mixture into the center of each square. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg, then fold it over to form a triangle with the filling inside. Use the tines of a fork to seal the pastry by crimping the edges together. Brush the top of the pastry with the remaining egg.
  3. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. While the empanadas are baking, light a grill or broiler to high. Place the chiles on the grill/under the broiler and cook for several minutes until the skins turn black and begin to blister. Remove and allow to cool. Remove the papery leaves from the tomatillos and add those. Cook 1-2 minutes or until they just begin to soften. Remove and let cool.
  5. Remove the stem and seed core from the peppers. Use a knife to scrape away the outermost layer of skin (it will be very thin and film-like and should peel off fairly easily). Chop.
  6. Use a blender or food processor to puree the tomatillos. Add the tomatillo puree, chopped chiles, broth, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Whisk in the cornstarch and let simmer another 10 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened.
  7. Serve the empanadas in a pool of sauce.
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