So you’ve probably been sitting around, saying to yourself, “Hey, February is almost over. Shouldn’t Dave have put up a blog post about the United Nations International Year of Light Technology, or whatever the heck it was called?” Well, if you thought that, you were right. February is almost over and I should have a blog post about the Light Year thing. Also, no doubt your calendar, like mine, has today marked as Dominican Republic Independence Day. So how about some Dominican inspired fried mini meat pies?
Hang on a second. Let’s back up. Forget the fried part. We’re using the Easy Bake Oven.
We’ll start with the filling. Our little meat pie (or pastelito) can have just about anything we want inside. Personally, I’d go with something bacon-oriented, but I couldn’t find a good Dominican recipe with bacon. So we’re going with beef. I used this recipe as a basis, but changed it a little, using one large tomato, pepper, and onion, along with a pound of beef, about half a head of garlic, salt, and pepper.
Once this was nice and mixed in the food processor, it was time for the crust, which came from here. The amounts listed would make way more than I needed, so I halved everything.
The pastelitos were assembled, brushed with oil, and thrown in the Easy Bake for ten minutes. They came out paler, not to mention a little drier, than if they had been fried, but they were still darn good.
Stay tuned next month as we travel to the distant, exotic location of Cleveland, Ohio… Same Easy Bake time, same Easy Bake channel.