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Celebrating Womenhood By Eating Empanadas

Happy belated International Women’s Day!
To celebrate our womenhood, my adorable friend Barbara invited a bunch of girlfriends over to house last night for chatter, wine and homemade empenadas. Barbara is Argentinian and so our women’s day empanada party was especially special!
Barbara: Empanada Queen!
As I learned tonight, empenadas are a traditional Argentinian food that can be served as an app’t or an entree. Who can a resist a delicious puff pastry that is pinched full with various fillings as dinner? Not I!
Empenadas can be baked or fried, we decided to bake them (gotta watch our figure…), and at the Pike Place Market Latin Merchant store you can buy special empanada puff pastry (make sure to asked for the baked one – they’re different from the fried ones).
As for filling, Barbara made two types:
  • Tomato, basil and cubed pepper-jack cheese (though you can use cubed mozzarella)
  • Carrot, potato, parmesan cheese (add chicken or beef if desired)
Then, she taught us how to make the delicious delicacy – and it’s really as easy as 1, 2, 3 (and 4): 
  1. Take empenada pastry, place in palm of hand and scoop a fair amount of filling into the middle of empanada. 
  2. With a dab of water, wet the outside border for half of the empanada pastry. 
  3. Fold the empanada in half and pinch closed. 
  4. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
I brought home one for Michael and declared empanadas for dinner in the future! He was as happy as all us ladies on our own international day of being a woman. 
Homemade empenadas – nom, nom, nom.
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