Natchitoches-Style Meat Pies
The meat filling can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
Empanada wrappers are available in the freezer section at most supermarkets; look for the Goya brand.
VARIATION To bake the meat pies, arrange them on 2 parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Prick each pie with a fork, brush the tops with beaten egg and bake at 425° for about 20 minutes, until golden.
Rich, spicy Washington state Merlot.