9. Argentina: Empanadas

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Argentina, the country of Maradona, Che Guevara, Evita, cowboys (gauchos) and tango.  Argentina is one of the reasons I learned spanish, I’ve been dreaming to go there ever since I was about 15 years old and saw the movie Motorcycle Diaries. A really good movie about the young years of Che Guevara, still one of my favorite movies ever with the incredibly talented Gael Garcia Bernal (yes I know he is Mexican and not Argentinian, but still he is unbelievably hot)! Another famous Argentinian and probably one of the most well known soccer players ever Maradona, he is a really funny guy. During the soccer World Cup in South Africa in 2010 he was Argentina’s coach and instead of just yelling at the soccer players he used his entire body to make clarify what he ment. I love these kind of people who get so enthusiastic,  passionate and emotional about what they are doing. It put a smile on my face every time I saw Argentina play!  But these are all things you probably know about Argentina, let’s skip to the things you don’t know about Argentina.

  • in Argentina beauty is really important 1 in 30 Argentinians  undergoes plastic surgery.
  • On the 15th of May Argentinians celebrate Friend’s Day, a day entirely dedicated to the celebration of friendship. It’s not an official holiday, but making reservations for restaurants of even a pub is advised.
  • Argentina is considered one of largest and best quality producers of wine.
  • I always wondered what the sun was doing on the Argentinian flag but apparently it’s the Sun of May (Sol de Mayo) it’s an old Inca symbol which refers to the month May. Now it’s the symbol for independency struggle during the revolution 18th – 25th May 1810.
Argentinian Empanadas
Argentinian Empanadas

Now let’s start this recipe! This week I made empanadas, and hell yeah they were delicious! And really not that difficult the hardest thing was folding the meat mixture in the dough but I had a little help with that because apparently my mom has a empanada maker which forms the dough into perfect little empanadas! very very very convenient if your as clumsy as I am! So let’s get started! Here’s what you need to make this recipe.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 white onions chopped, 500 gr of lean ground beef,  2 tablespoons of sweet paprika, 3/4 teaspoon of hot paprika, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 table spoon of white wine vinegar, 1/2 cup of raisins, 1/2 cup of green olives chopped, 2 hardboiled eggs chopped, salt to taste, puff pastry 2 big round sheets.

Fry off the onion with the coconut oil in a pan. Remove from the heat and and the sweet paprika, hot paprika, crushed red pepper flakes and salt.  Spread the meat on a sieve and pour boiling water over it for partial cooking. (I know this sounds strange, but it really works)! Place the meat in a dish and add salt, cumin, vinegar and the onion mixture.  Add the olives raisins, and eggs ,mix well and place on a flat dish to cool. Cut puff pastry into nice round shells. and place a spoon of the meat mixture in the middle of each round. Slightly wet the edge of the pastry, fold in two and stick edges together. The shape should resemble that of a half-moon.  Seal by twisting edge, step by step, between thumb and index finger, making sure to add pressure before releasing the pinch and moving on to the next curl. Other sealing procedures like pinching without curling or using a fork to seal will not prevent juice leaks during baking, and empanadas must be juicy. (If you have an empanada maker , just put in the dough close is gently and carefully open is and your empanada will be perfect)

I found this really funny video about Argentina: 

Next up is Armenia!

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