You asked for it, so finally you get traditional Uruguayan empanadas! Yay! Empanadas are flaky pasties in the shape of a half-moon filled with juicy and seasoned beef and boiled eggs. Usually they are served with the herb dip called chimichurri. Just thinking about these delicious treats make me want to grab one. When I made a story on Instagram about empanadas, I was surprised how many of you asked for the recipe and how many were excited about them. You guys encourage me to continue posting Uruguayan recipes, even if they may not be as popular as others. So here goes.
It has been a while since I last posted a savory recipe. That’s a shame. Especially considering that this is a recipe I really enjoy. Usually my husband cooks it, because, well, I am the baker of the family and he is the cook (yes, we have the best division of labor ever!). But this time around I wanted to prepare it. It is surprisingly simple and comes together in about half an hour. I especially like the spices used for the minced meat. Cilantro, turmeric, and cloves gives it its Indian flavor, but the recipe book I got this from says that it is influenced by Arabs living in India. Apparently minced meat is now also popular in India. I bow my head as boring minced meat tastes great here with peas and egg.