52 Dinners - Week 47: A Night in Argentina

52 Dinners

An Argentine-inspired evening

We had a full house last night for an Argentine dinner.
We hosted our friend Genevieve, her husband Jay, and their two kids, along with Natalie, Corey and their baby, and the darling Ali. Phew!
Two of the three children are babies that know how to run. Admittedly, I don’t have much experience hosting babies. I once again found myself asking questions like, “Do 18-month-olds use flatware? Do they sit in chairs?”.
I honestly have no idea.
And we learned fairly quickly that our home is not at all (running)-baby-proof, but thankfully they were all perfectly-behaved little angels.
I made empanadas stuffed with spiced pulled and ground pork, raisins, and green olives, served with chimichurri. My tortilla press worked really well for flattening the empanada dough.
Then I rang the dinner bell and we ran to the dining room for ensalada de remolacha, or beet salad. Roasted beets from our garden dressed with a spicy lime and honey yogurt sauce, with arugula, nuts, and cheese.
And then I served Locro, a hearty stew made with squash (I used pumpkin), sweet potato, hominy, lima beans, onions, and a whole lot of meat, spiced with primarily cumin and paprika.
It’s traditionally served for the May 25th celebration of the May Revolution of 1810, and was perfect for a snowy November evening.
To accompany the soup I made chipas, which are little cheesy rolls. And for dessert I served alfajores, which are tender shortbread-like cookies made with a 2-to-1 ratio of cornstarch to flour, then sandwiched with dulce de leche. So tasty.
I guess it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving! Today I’m thankful for good friends who are willing to take the time out of their busy lives to pack up their babies and bring them over for dinner.

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