Recipe courtesy of The Epicurious Cookbook
Makes 10 empanadas
Special equipment: Deep-fry thermometer
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Cut each egg crosswise into 10 thin slices.
Cook the onion in the olive oil in a heavy medium skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until softened.
Add the garlic, cumin, and oregano and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in the beef and cook, breaking up lumps with a fork, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
Add the raisins, olives, salt, pepper, and tomatoes with reserved juice, then cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced but the mixture is still moist, about 5 minutes. Spread on a plate to cool.
Preheat the oven to 200°F, with the rack in the middle.
Lay a large sheet of plastic wrap on a dampened work surface (to help keep plastic in place), then roll out an erapanada disk on the wrap to measure about 6 inches.
Place 3 tablespoons of meat mixture on the disk and top with 2 slices of egg. Moisten the edges of the disk with water and fold over to form a semicircle, then crimp with a fork. Make 9 more empanadas in the same manner.
Heat 3A inch of vegetable oil in a deep 12-inch skillet over medium heat until it registers 360°F on a deep-frY thermometer. Fry the empanadas, 2 or 3 at a time, turning once, until crisp and golden, 4 to 6 minutes per batch.
Transfer the empanadas to a shallow baking pan and keep warm in the oven. Return oil to 360°F between frying batches.
Cook’s Note: The empanadas can be brushed with oil and baked on an oiled baking sheet in a 425ºF oven until golden, about 10 minutes. (They will not be as crisp as fried empanadas.