Memories of South America

IMG_3006I have the good fortune of being married to a man who, as a child, lived in South America for seven years, both Chile and Argentina.  And I’ve been able to travel with him TWICE to both countries, mostly to attend class reunions with kids (now adults) he went to school with.  These friends of his now live all over the world, many here in the U.S.

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Classmates from International School Nido de Aguilas

 

 

 

 

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Parrillada for Class Reunion

 

 

 

 

 

So when our Supper Club chose to have a wine and food pairing evening (A World of Wine, and the Foods That Love Them), South America, specifically Argentina, was on the menu for the spouse and me.

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We’re busy preparing our two (make that three) dishes to pair with a Torrontes wine, a dry yet fruity white wine from the Riojano region of Argentina, tucked near the Andes where the climate is dry and the nights are cool.

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So we’ll be pairing two types of the national snack food, empanadas, both beef and cheese, along with sweetbreads, aka mollejas.  I’ve covered the preparation of sweetbreads before (https://passportdinnersblog.com/2013/08/02/neither-sweet-nor-breads-offal-by-any-other-name-is-delicious/), those delicious little grilled morsels that pair so well with wine.  Today I’ll walk you through my empanada steps.

First, the empanada pastry:  You can purchase empanada dough online.  La Tienda, La Saltena, Goya, and Blancaflor are all sources or brands that can be used.  Or you might be lucky enough to live near a Latin market.  If you choose to make your own, here’s the one I used this time:  http://laylita.com/recipes/2008/06/11/empanadas-mendocinas/.  My mother-in-law simply uses a flour tortilla dough.  I have also used a pie crust dough.  All will get you yummy, edible results.

Cheese and Onion Empanadas:

You’ll need olive oil, sweet onion, cheese (I used mozzarella, but I would choose a more robust one next time, such as manchego), marsala wine, a little sugar, some chopped parsley, and egg wash for the dough.

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Olive oil

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Sweet onions

 

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Marsala wine

 

 

 

 

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A little sugar

 

 

 

 

 

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Saute until caramelized

 

 

 

 

 

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Fill each dough portion with cheese, onion mixture, & parsley

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Brush edge of dough portion with beaten egg white

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For step-by-step instructions on how to fold (repulgue) an empanada, watch the video below from Global Table Adventure.  Edges can also simply be pinched or crimped with a fork.

 

 

 

While filling and sealing your empanadas, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Brush tops of empanadas right before baking

Bake empanadas for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Once baked, remove from baking stone/sheet and place on wire racks to cool.  Can be eaten warm or at room temperature.  If not baking right away, empanadas may be frozen for later.  Just add the egg white brushing right before baking.

Empanadas mendocinas (beef):

You’ll need 1 lb. ground beef, olive oil, chopped onion, paprika, cumin, chili powder, green olives (pitted, no pimentos), hard boiled egg, boiled & chopped potato, chopped green onion, and salt & pepper.

 

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Olive oil

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Ground beef, brown in olive oil

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Onions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paprika, cumin, & chili powder and mix together

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A little water; simmer about 5-7 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Browned ground beef; boiled egg, green olives & green onion

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Fill each dough portion with ground beef mixture

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Brush edge of dough portion with beaten egg white

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For step-by-step instructions on how to fold (repulgue) an empanada, watch the video above from Global Table Adventure.  Edges can also simply be pinched or crimped with a fork.

 

 

While filling and sealing your empanadas, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Brush tops of empanadas right before baking

Bake empanadas for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Once baked, remove from baking stone/sheet and place on wire racks to cool.  Can be eaten warm or at room temperature.  If not baking right away, empanadas may be frozen for later.  Just add the egg white brushing right before baking.

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Salud!

 

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