Recipe courtesy of Anthony Lamas

Bison Empanadas with Avocado Jalapeno Puree

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 25 min (includes resting and refrigerating times)
  • Active: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

Empanada Dough:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 ounces unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into 1-ounce pats

1/2 to 2/3 cup sparkling water

2tablespoons lemon juice

Pico de Gallo:

1/2 cup diced red onions

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1 jalapeno, diced

1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

Juice of 1 lime

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Avocado Jalapeno Puree:

5 avocados

3 cloves garlic, chopped

Juice of 3 limes

2 bunches fresh cilantro

2 jalapenos

Bison:

5 pounds ground bison

2 medium Spanish onions, diced

2 cups red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup cayenne pepper or ground chipotle chile

1/4 cup coriander

1/4 cup ground cumin

1/4 cup kosher salt

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

Juice of 4 limes

2 bunches fresh cilantro, leaves chopped

Canola or vegetable oil, for deep frying 

Directions

  1. For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using a whisk, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, pickled jalapeno juice, pickled and fresh jalapenos, eggs and butter. With a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry until most of the lumps are dissolved. Don't over mix! Fold in the grated Cheddar. Line two 2 dozen mini-cupcake pans with the edible soy paper wrappers (or use paper wrappers). No need to spray the pans.
  2. Fill the prepared pans with the batter three-quarters of the way full using a small ice cream scoop. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 9 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans when cool to the touch.
  3. Heat the jalapeno jelly in small pot until melted. Using a pastry brush, glaze the cupcakes with the jalapeno jelly, making sure not to glaze the wrappers. Set aside until assembly.
  4. For the mousse: In large bowl, beat the cold cream cheese using a hand mixer until smooth. Add the tomato paste, shrimp paste, jalapeno sauce and black pepper to taste. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. Taste and adjust the seasoning. (No need to add salt! Shrimp paste is salty enough.) Place in a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip and chill in the refrigerator until ready for assembly.
  5. For the tuiles: Heat a large nonstick saute pan sprayed with a thin layer of oil spray on medium heat. With your fingers, lay out in a single layer 1-inch diameter circles (about 1 tablespoon) of the Parmesan. Heat until they bubble and are golden yellow around the edges. Carefully lift out of the pan with a spatula, set off to a silicone baking mat and reserve until ready to garnish.
  6. For the candied jalapeno: Combine 3 cups of the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the temperature reaches 230 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 3 minutes. Wearing gloves, cut the jalapenos lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips. Place in a medium pot and cover with 4 cups cold water. Heat on high until the water comes to a boil. Allow to boil until the peppers are vibrant green, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the sugar syrup. Simmer until the jalapenos are tender to the bite, blistered and emerald green, about 15 minutes. Remove from the syrup. Cover a baking sheet with the remaining 3 cups sugar and roll the jalapenos until covered in sugar. Allow to dry in the sugar until hard. Set aside for assembly.
  7. For the shrimp: Thaw, rinse, drain and pat the shrimp dry. Heat a large nonstick saute pan sprayed lightly with oil spray. Add the jalapeno jelly and heat until liquid. Add the shrimp and toss until warmed through and thoroughly glazed. Set aside to cool or they will melt the savory cream cheese mousse. Reserve for assembly.
  8. To assemble: Pipe the glazed cupcakes with cream cheese tomato shrimp mousse. Top with a cheese tuile, sauteed glazed shrimp and finish with a candied jalapeno. Serve on a small clear plastic plate.

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