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Saucy Tuna Empanadas with Cuban Black Beans and Mango Guacamole

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  • Daily Herald Food Editor Deborah Pankey created this empanada recipe with pouched tuna, sofrito, mango and refrigerated biscuits.

       Daily Herald Food Editor Deborah Pankey created this empanada recipe with pouched tuna, sofrito, mango and refrigerated biscuits.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

 

Sofrito rice

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup brown rice

cup sofrito

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained

Salt and red pepper flakes to taste

Empanadas

1 pouch (6.4 ounces) albacore tuna

⅓ cup chopped pimento-stuffed green olives

1 cups Old Havana Sofrito

4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

1 tube (16 ounces; 8-count) refrigerated biscuit dough

Egg wash (1 egg whisked with a bit of water)

Mango-avocado sauce

1 cups guacamole, store-bought or homemade

cup diced mango

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

For the rice: Heat chicken broth and rice in a 2-quart sauce pan. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer 35-45 minutes until water has cooked off and rice is fluffy. Stir in sofrito and black beans and heat through.

While the rice cooks, make the empanadas: In a skillet over medium heat, combine tuna, olives and 1 cups sofrito. Heat until boiling, stirring frequently, then reduce heat.

Separate the biscuits. Roll each one until it's about double its diameter. Put 2 to 3 tablespoons filling on one half of the circle, leaving a margin. Top with 1 to 2 teaspoons goat cheese. Brush egg wash in that margin; fold biscuit dough over to make a turnover. With the tines of a fork, press the empanada edges to seal. Brush more egg wash over the top. Repeat with remaining dough. (Any left over tuna mixture can be served the next day with leftover rice.)

For the sauce: In a medium bowl, combine guacamole and mango.

To serve: Mound rice on plate; top with two empanadas. Serve sauce on the side for spooning into empanada after the first bite.

Serves four.

Deborah Pankey, Daily Herald food editor

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