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Olives’ Empanadillas for the O Food Event

Jack Bauer has some kind of hipnotic power… I swear I wanted to post about Empanadillas during the weekend, but we managed to get the last 24 Hours season and we got nailed to the sofa! No time for cooking, nor talking, nor walking… we could only devour chapter after chapter.

Anyways, somehow I managed to fry some empanadillas; it’s tasty and quick, so here you have my recipe for the O Food Event: Olives’ Empanadillas.
Just in case you didn’t hear about it, find hereunder all you need to know. Still have some hours to send your recipes to Michelle from Bleeding Espresso.
O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are hosting the O Foods Contest to raise awareness of this important health issue.

There are TWO WAYS to take part in the O Foods Contest:


ONE: Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato); include this entire text box in the post; and send your post url along with a photo (100 x 100) to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.
PRIZES for recipe posts:

1st: Signed copy of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma, Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who is currently battling ovarian cancer, inspired this event, and will be choosing her favorite recipe for this prize;
2nd: Signed copy of Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home by Mario Batali (winner chosen by Sara);
3rd: Signed copy of Vino Italiano: The Regional Italian Wines of Italy by Joseph Bastianich (winner chosen by Michelle).
TWO: If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word and send your post url to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.

Awareness posts PRIZE:

One winner chosen at random will receive a Teal Toes tote bag filled with ovarian cancer awareness goodies that you can spread around amongst your friends and family.

From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose, but include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).
There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
In spite of this, patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.
And remember, you can also always donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at our page through FirstGiving!

Please help spread the word about ovarian cancer.
Together we can make enough noise to kill this silent killer.

And to the recipe!
Feel free to add some fried tomatoe, green onion, spinachs, meat… up to you :D.

Last year, I won the O Foods Contest… this year it can be YOU!!!!
Check my post here.


Ingredients for a 20 Empanadillas batch: two packages of empanadillas dough (you can find these at the supermarket), 200 grs of Tuna fish preserved in Olive oil, 3 boiled eggs, about 15 to 18 black olives, five choped Pimientos del piquillo, 2 garlic cloves, olive oil and salt.

  • Start boiling the eggs. About 10 minutes is enough, then cool them in cold water, peel and grate. Reserve.
  • Strain the olives and chop in small pieces, reserve some for decoration. Reserve.
  • Take the piquillo peppers, strain and take the seeds away. Prepare a pan with some olive oil, heat and throw the choped garlics in. When golden, add the peppers cut in strips. Cook for 5 minutes at low heat. Discard the garlics and reserve the peppers.
  • Take the tuna and cut into small pieces. Place inside a big bowl. Put the rest of ingredients in and mix. Reserve.
  • Prepare the dough over a clean surface and put a bit of the mixture in each open empanadilla. Moisten the borders with a bit of water and bend making the borders coincide. Help yourself with a fork to seal it and reserve.
  • Heat some olive oil in a deep pan. When the oil is hot (not burning) throw the empanadillas in until golden. You can also bake them in the oven if you want to avoid the frying.
  • Put over chitchen paper and they will be ready to eat in 1 minute. Enjoy :D


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09/28/2009 · 11:10 h by Happy cook

I have seen this in some magazines, this looks so so yumm. Well must admit i am not a huge fan of 24

09/28/2009 · 11:49 h by 5 Star Foodie

The olive empanadas sound wonderful, I love the picture with the olives on top!

09/28/2009 · 12:33 h by Jen of A2eatwrite

This looks so delicious, Nuria! It reminds me of filling we’d put in pierogs in Russia for picnics. We don’t have empanadilla dough in our supermarkets, though, I don’t think… ;-( We have a new market, though, that at least has tons of Latin American products, so maybe I can ask the owners to see if they can carry it!

09/28/2009 · 12:53 h by giz

Fabulous entry Nuria – they look so good and the cause is such an important one for women everywhere. Ha!! I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only one addicted to 24.

09/28/2009 · 13:37 h by Peter G

I absolutely love empanadillas Nuria…but I have never tried them wit tuna! A beautiful entry for a great event!

09/28/2009 · 18:46 h by Ivy

I don’t think we can get empanadillas in Greece but they look so crispy and flaky, like bourekia. The filling sounds delicious as well. Hope to manage to post this comment today as I did not manage the last time although I tried many times :)

09/28/2009 · 19:40 h by La cuina vermella

Genilal, tot el que cuines és genial estimada. Tenen una pinta estupenda. Un petó enorme.

09/28/2009 · 20:41 h by Peter M

Nuria, the ‘money shot’ is of the inside/filling of the empanada.I’ve only enjoyed them on the street…perhaps it’s time to try my hand at them…

09/28/2009 · 21:20 h by ABowlOfMush

wow, these look delicious!!

09/28/2009 · 21:52 h by Mercè

mmm!! i que bones que són! A més, admeten mil variants! :)

09/29/2009 · 0:12 h by JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

Wow, this looks incredibly good, Nuria! I love it! I could snack on a few of these right now!!

09/29/2009 · 11:46 h by Joan Nova

So Jack and the gang have made it to Barcelona. It’s rivetingly interesting and totally unbelievable but I love it.

That’s an interesting filling and the empanadas look delicious.

09/30/2009 · 6:37 h by FoodJunkie

I know exactly what you mean about 24. My friend lend me the complete series and I almost forgot what month it was! Your empanadillas look terrific. Tuna and olives are always a good match.

09/30/2009 · 11:11 h by Joanne

That empanilla crust is making me drool. Seriously – delicious!

Jack Bauer is completely addictive. My roommate at the time and I started watching after the third season but we needed to catch up. Luckily our dorm had most of the DVDs and so instead of studying for finals freshman year, we sat on a couch in the lounge glued to the tv. There was definitely one night where we watched 5 hours in a row. It was SO intense! I felt so tense afterward…I needed a massage.

09/30/2009 · 13:42 h by lisaiscooking

Great entry for O foods! These looks incredible. The filling with eggs, tuna, and piquillos sounds delicious.

09/30/2009 · 20:47 h by Diana Bauman

Beautiful empanadas! I love your blog and recipes :)

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10/02/2009 · 22:02 h by MªJose-Dit i Fet

Ostres nena saps què ho ets de manyosa??? aquesta pasta es veu tan cruixent…i el farcit ohhhh…petonets

10/03/2009 · 8:35 h by Miriam

Me encanta ese relleno! Hace tiempo que me apetece hacer empanadillas con masa y todo y no me pongo a ello… las tuyas me dan muchas ganas!

10/03/2009 · 9:53 h by Janet @Gourmet Traveller88

Your olive empanadas looks fabulous, I have never tried empanadas, would love to try.

10/03/2009 · 12:59 h by pierre

hola Nuria : this sounds great and delicious ; when I come to your blog it reminds me the vacation thanks !! and to day on ly blog a pure invention !! cheers Pierre !!

10/05/2009 · 15:20 h by we are never full

oh man! i love empandadas!!! those look so crunchy and fabulous. in fact, tonight we’re having empanadas for dinner – but we’re reheating ones we brought back from Buenos Aires a while back. can not wait!! you’ve whetted my appetite!

10/07/2009 · 2:38 h by glamah16

I so love olive and you put them in a emapnada. Brilliant idea for this event.

10/14/2009 · 20:14 h by ://: Heni ://:

We have snack here in Algeria called bourek, similar to boureki made in Greece … also yours here. I love the filling you have used Nuria!

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