Tender pork turnovers. Filling can be used for almost anything else, such as taco filling. Can be frozen baked or unbaked. The pork and the empanada dough can be made ahead of time.
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You may substitute vegetable shortening for the lard, if you prefer.
These pastries can be frozen baked or unbaked. If baking raw empanadas directly from freezer, do not thaw. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Reheat baked frozen ones at the same temperature for 15 minutes.