Kristen’s book club selection was Isabel Allende’s sweeping historic novel Ines of My Soul. I was engrossed by this tale of the strong and independent Spanish conquistadora who is said to have helped build Santiago, Chile. In the story, Ines has a talent for making empanadas.
Since we book club ladies love our themed meals it was a great excuse for Francisca’s famous empanadas (from her mom Ines’ secret recipe). With rolling pin in hand, Francisca gave us a lesson in how to assemble these savory treats.
We learned how to fold and seal the dough to keep the spicy goodness from seeping out. We crimped the edges with a fork and coated the pastry with a glistening egg wash.
We dined on a cheese platter and fresh tomato salad with red onions and cilantro as the emapanadas cooked to a golden brown. I can’t tell you how utterly amazing these empanadas were. We each took home a few and I am looking forward to eating one tomorrow!
It’s my turn next! What suggestions do you have for a great read? Would love to hear. Thanks!