Have you ever had Argentinian Empanadas? A perfectly buttery flaky pastry stuffed with a powerful and tasty meat filling.
Lately with the nice weather, Poppy and I have been taking daily adventures to nearby parks. It’s weird to think how much joy we both get from such a simple activity.
Growing up I always use to make fun of my folks for wanting to go for walks. “Walking is so boring” I’d say, “This is lame! Let’s do something more fun.”
And now look at me. Any break in the weather and I am the first one dragging everyone out for a walk! Am I turning into my parents?! Probably.
Honestly though, there is something so serene and relaxing about going for walks. I never use to see it but then again I’ve learned a lot that last 30 years.
One of the reasons, I value walks so much now is because of the weather. In Texas going for a walk year around is no big deal. Here not so much.
Also fresh air! As much as Poppy and I seem to be running around town all day every day doing indoor activities, there is something about breathing in fresh air that is both invigorating and soothing.
And of course the best parts of the walk for Poppy are play time at the park and cat naps in her cozy BundleMe. Watching this kid play at the playground is pure happiness. Seriously I almost can’t believe how much fun I have just watching her go up the little stairs and down the little slide 50 times.
Times like this make me want her to never grow up! And at the same time when she does, I hope she will retain that childish joy in the simple things. I am trying hard to learn from this crazy little toddler. Simple things are the best things. She shows me that every day.
In celebration of a fabulous week of family walks and outdoor playtime, the hubs and I decided to make something we rarely make. Argentinian Empanadas!!!!!
Insanely delicious meat pies wrapped in buttery and flaky dough. They are typically on the smaller side and eaten in a few bites with your hands. AMAZING!!!
Regardless of whether you have been to Argentina or not, this is a recipe you MUST try! We used to cheat a little and buy pre-made empanada dough, but once I discovered how to make the dough in the food processor, we switched to homemade!
The dough takes about 5 minutes to make and then it sits for at least an hour. In the meantime, you can whip up the meat mixture which takes 10-15 minutes. From there it’s just rolling out the dough, stuffing and baking.
A South American delight homemade by YOU! At our house, we love making these with a side of Chimichurri Sauce for picnics. Either picnics at the local lake in the summer or an indoor one in our living room in the winter.
So whether you are slowly becoming your parents (like me) or just enjoying the little things in life, making Argentinian Empanadas is a fun way to try something new, exotic and delicious with your loved ones.