This large empanada pie hails from Galicia. It’s filled with a delectable and savory mix of tuna, peppers, olives, tomatoes and paprika.
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1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing
1 large white onion, quartered lengthwise and very thinly sliced crosswise
2 medium green bell peppers—stemmed, seeded and very thinly sliced into strips
2 large garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
Large pinch of saffron, finely ground in a mortar
1/4 cup boiling water
2 medium tomatoes, halved crosswise
2 roasted red bell peppers, drained well and very thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Two 6-ounce jars oil-packed tuna, preferably ventresca (from the belly), drained well and flaked
1/2 cup pitted green Spanish olives, sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Two 13-ounce cans pizza crust, such as Pillsbury
1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
How to Make It
In a large skillet, heat the 1/3 cup of olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until just starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the green bell peppers, garlic and a generous pinch of salt. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 25 minutes; add a bit of water if the pan is too dry.
Meanwhile, in a small heatproof bowl, mix the saffron with the boiling water until dissolved. Let stand until cooled, about 10 minutes. Grate the tomato halves on the large holes of a box grater set in a bowl until only the skins remain; discard the skins.
Add the roasted red peppers, grated tomatoes, brewed saffron and the paprika to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is very thick, about 10 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a colander and let drain for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the pepper mixture with the tuna, olives, parsley and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Let the filling cool completely, about 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425°. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet. Unroll 1 of the pizza crusts on the prepared baking sheet. Spoon the cooled filling evenly on the dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Unroll the remaining pizza crust and lay it on top of the filling; crimp the edges to seal. Brush the empanada with the egg wash and, using a paring knife, cut a few slits in the top. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until puffed and browned. Slide onto a rack to cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve.
The empanada can be kept at room temperature for a few hours before serving.
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Review Body: Fabulous - easy to prepare and serve, flavorful dish. I must say that I wasn't in love with the (Whole Foods purchased) pizza sough. Next time I will experiment with puff pastry dough, or make my own. Whatever dough you chose, roll it out pretty thinly. Do not omit olives. I also added raisins. Made it for a diner party - spectacular results.