Sweet & Spicy Peach And Sausage Empanadas

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    Makes 12-14
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    Dough
    1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
    ½ cup white cornmeal
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp turmeric
    1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
    1 large egg
    ⅓ cup ice water
    1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar

    Filling
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 large onion, finely diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ red bell pepper, minced
    1 lb sausage
    3 fresh peaches
    ½ tsp cumin
    ½ tsp chili powder
    ¼ tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp smoked paprika
    1 tsp red pepper flakes
    2 Tbsp granulated sugar

    To prepare the dough, sift flour, salt, cornmeal and turmeric into a bowl and blend in the butter with your fingers, a fork or pastry cutter until the butter has been broken down to pea-sized bits. In a separate bowl, whisk together the water, vinegar and egg. Add the liquid mixture to your dry ingredients and mix until incorporated with a fork. It will still be clumpy and crumbly. Do not overmix.

    Turn the mixture out on to a clean, floured surface and work the dough together with the heel of your hand until it comes together in a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Dining_Peach_A

    To prepare the filling, sauté onions in olive oil until translucent. Add salt, spices, garlic, red pepper and sausage and cook until sausage is browned. Add diced peaches and sugar, stir and heat through before removing from heat. Chill the filling before making empanadas.
    To assemble, roll your dough to ⅛ inch thickness and cut into circles using a small plate or bowl. Wet the edge of the dough circle with water using your fingers or a brush and place a mound of filling in the center. Fold the dough over to seal the empanada, pressing along the edges to ensure a good seal. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. If desired, brush with cream or egg wash before baking for a glossy finish on the empanadas.

    To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place in center rack and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

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    Steve Mosco, former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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