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Venison empanadas cut open to show filling.

Venison empanadas

Game meat empanadas filled with ground venison, hazelnuts and a dash of cinnamon.

Course Starter
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword empanadas from scratch, game meat empanadas, venison empanadas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Bake time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 1063 kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food


For the empanada dough

  • 500 g flour
  • 100 g butter room temperature, cubed
  • 150 ml water lukewarm
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg

For the venison filling

  • 500 g ground venison
  • 40 g butter
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 75 g hazelnuts ground


1. Empanada dough

  1. Have the flour on a working surface and form it into a mound. Make a well in the centre.

  2. Add the cubed butter to the centre of the mould. Stir the salt into the water and pour inside the flour well.

  3. Work the ingredients with your hands, knead for 6-7 minutes. A firm ball of dough should form, do not add any water to soften the dough as it should be quite hard.

  4. Cover the dough with a tea towel and let rest for 20 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the filling.

2. Venison filling

  1. Set a skillet on medium heat and melt the butter. Finely dice the onion and add it to the pan. Sauté 3-4 minutes.

  2. Add the meat to the pan and stir to distribute the heat evenly. Add the cinnamon, thyme and salt. Cook the meat on medium-high heat until it looks cooked through, 5-6 minutes.

  3. Pour in the red wine and stir until evaporated. Remove the pan from the heat.

  4. Stir in the ground hazelnuts and let slightly cool while you roll out the dough.

3. Assemble and bake

  1. Stretch and roll the dough ball to form a long cylinder. Cut out portions of it that are about 40-45 g. Roll out each dough portion with a rolling pin to 2 mm thick.

  2. Have a pastry circle in one hand and add about 1 1/2 tbsp of filling.

  3. Lightly wet the edges of the pastry circle. Fold the circle in half, to create a half-moon shape encasing the filling inside.

  4. Press egdes together and secure them by pressing them between your fingers or with the prongs of a fork against the working surface.

  5. Place empanadas on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Lightly beat an egg and brush some eggwash on every empanada.

  6. Bake the empanadas in the preheated oven at 180°C (360°F) for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts
Venison empanadas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1063 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Fat 51g78%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 216mg72%
Sodium 520mg23%
Potassium 741mg21%
Carbohydrates 101g34%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 934IU19%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 11mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.