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How to: Empanadas

Since we returned from our vacation in Argentina (back in March), I’ve been wanting to tackle the art of empanadas, the workhorse of the Argentine lunch. Like ragu in Italy and croissants in France, recipes along with techniques have been passed down from generation to generation.

With a little research, I thought I had come across the perfect recipe, found on Tastespotting, it was passed down through the women in a family in Chile. And then, my Cooks Illustrated arrived complete with a comprehensive tutorial on these savory delights. The recipe below is based on that recipe.

3 cups (15 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour , plus extra for work surface
1 cup (5 ounces) masa harina (I used cornmeal since I couldn’t find my masa harina)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons table salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter , cut into 1/2-inch cubes and chilled
1/2 cup cold vodka or tequila (this is a must! it makes a huge difference in the dough)
1/2 cup cold water
5 tablespoons olive oil (for baking empanadas)

1 large slice hearty white sandwich bread , torn into quarters
6 ounces chorizo sausage , cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth
1 can tomato sauce (14.5 ounces)
1 pound 85 percent lean ground chuck
Table salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions , chopped fine (about 2 cups)
4 medium garlic cloves , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 4 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon chipotle chiles , ground
1 tablespoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves , coarsely chopped
2 hard-cooked eggs , coarsely chopped
1/3 cup raisins , coarsely chopped
4 teaspoons cider vinegar

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A Pictoral Taste

I’m back from an incredible journey in Argentina.  We traversed the country vising Iguazu Falls, Bariloche and Buenos Aires in search of delicious food, beautiful sights and R&R and found it all.  Here’s a little sampling of the photos.  I was obsessed with the empanadas and can’t wait to try making them (stay tuned for the recipe) and the architecture (also stay tuned for more pics of this).  Enjoy!

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We´re having a fabulous time in Argentina… I can´t wait to share the pictures…

Tomorrow, here is where we´re going for dinner… it doesn´t get more authentic than this…  Casa Saltshaker

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I leave tomorrow for a nice long vacation in beautiful Argentina.  Though my posting will be light while I’m gone, stay tuned for a pictorial slide show of our adventures!

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