These beef empanadas made with diced red pepper, shallots and green olives were sent to Familia Kitchen Lucy Dysart. Lucy and her sister Lisa Kear grew up with their grandparents in Panama, and both love making favorite recipes from their childhood for their own families, now that they are living in the States.
Lucy says she whips up these family-famous beef empanadas often. We especially like how her empanada dough calls for cream cheese, resulting in a rich, extra-lush flavor.
For more Panamanian recipes from Lucy’s childhood, check out her sister’s family-famous beef, red pepper and-olive empanadas, her Familia Kitchen Recipe Contest-winning Panamanian flan, her sweet guava-and-cheese empanadas, her Panamanian pollo guisado (stewed chicken) with spaghetti, her hand-made corn tortillas, and and her delicious ron ponche, just the thing for celebrations and parties.