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St. Patrick’s Day can be a seriously busy time. Places to go, people to see, parties to enjoy! It’s good to have a recipe like this delicious Guinness and beef empanada up your sleeve.

Whether you’re whipping up a batch for a filling Irish lunch or you’re entertaining guests, these little pastry treats will definitely keep you going.

In case you’re not familiar - empanadas are a stuffed bread or pastry, either baked or fried. These stuffed warm treats are native to Latin America but are very similar to what the British might call pasties. An ingenious way of wrapping meats and veg in pastry, the canny invention actually dates back to the 13th century.

As for what Guinness and beef is…well if you don’t know then you might not be qualified to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Here’s another of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes you might like: The must-have St. Patrick's Day recipe - Irish Guinness stew

Try these out and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Guinness and beef empanada recipe

* Makes 16

Ingredients

- 1 lb ground beef

- 0.5 cup onion, finely chopped

- 2 medium sized potatoes, diced

- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

- 0.5 cup peas

- 1 bottle Guinness Stout

- 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

- Salt and pepper, to taste

- 2 Packa of deep dish pastry shells (4 shells total) or your favourite pie pastry recipe doubled.

- Milk

Method

- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

- Grease a baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

- In a skillet over a medium-high heat, brown the beef and onion then stir in the vegetables, thyme, Guinness, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings.

-  Bring the mixture to the boil.

- Reduce heat and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

- Roll out the pastry dough and cut out 16 – 5 inch rounds and 16 – 5.5 inch rounds.

- Spoon the filling onto five inch rounds, brushing milk around the edges and cover with the 5.5 inch rounds and press with a fork to seal.

- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes and serve warm.

Enjoy!

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