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Shrimp Empadinhas

Shrimp Empadinhas from Brazil are a perfect appetizer to please at a party. They are mini pot pies stuffed with a shrimp and tomato-based filling.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, seafood
Cuisine: brazilian
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 48 empadinhas


  • 1.5 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp butter stick butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 lb oz shrimp
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup cooked peas
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 boxes refrigerate pie dough

To Hand-Make Massa Podre Empadinha Dough (Optional)

  • 450g (1 lb) all-purpose flour, + more for dusting
  • 150g (5 oz) vegetable shortening
  • 75g (2.5 oz) unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 125ml (1 fl oz) cold water


  • In a small pot, melt the butter. Add flour and whisk until the flour and butter combine to make a paste.
  • Slowly add the stock into the pot, little by little. Whisk to combine stock with flour and butter. Then when combined, pour a bit more. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Take out 1/2 cup of mix and reserve. Set the rest to the side.
  • In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium high flame.
  • Add onion to the olive oil and cook for five minutes or until translucent.
  • Add garlic and tomatoes into the pan and cook for a 3-5 minutes more.
  • Put the cocktail shrimp in a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times so that the shrimp are shredded but still are in small pieces.
  • Add shrimp, corn, peas, and tomato paste into the pan and cook until everything is warm and the peas/corn are thawed.
  • Add the remainder of the butter and flour mixture into the pan and mix. Allow the combination to simmer for a bit to thicken, perhaps about 5-8 minutes. Only add the reserved half cup of butter and flour mixture if you need the filling to have more liquid.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a 3 inch and a 1.5 inch cookie cutter, cut tops and bottoms out of the pie dough. You will need to use a rolling pin to re-roll the dough, and cut again from it. Use all the dough possible.
  • In an un-greased muffin tin for MINI muffins, place the 3" circle in the bottom. Fill with a teaspoon and a half of filling. Then place the 1.5" circle on top and pinch the bottom and the top circles together around the edges.
  • Once all of the pies are complete, whisk your egg yolk up in a separate bowl. Use a pastry brush to brush an egg yolk over the top of the empadinhas.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until the pastry is cooked through and the tops are golden brown. Enjoy!
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To Hand Make Massa Podre Empadinha Dough (Optional)

  • Cut the butter and shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add eggs, salt and water and knead to combine. Let rest for 30 minutes.


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Recipe for Massa Podre from Authentic Brazilian Cuisine.
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