halloween treats

since october 30 is not only her roommate’s birthday, but marina’s birthday too, laura realized she had to do something special. as it is basically halloween, she decided to whip up a little something related to the holiday/the fall season in general… even though it’s spring in argentina… whoops. anyway, after much consideration, she settled on argentine empanadas (with a super neat halloween twist!) and mulled vino (that’s wine in spanish).

supercute carne empanadas

Note: there are many ways to make carne empanadas. laura chose a simple one because, although she is an empanada-eating whore, she is an empanada-making virgin.

ingredients for filling:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 kilo ground beef
  • 1/2 onion
  • rock salt
  • sunflower oil
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • red wine

*laura doesn’t measure things. she just eyeballs it.

first, laura chopped the garlic. she read on the internets that you get more health benefits if you chop it and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before heating it. and laura believes everything she reads on the internets.

then she chopped the onion. but only half of it.

next she began to cook the ground beef. she threw in some sunflower oil and some rock salt. then she added the onions. when the moment felt right she sprinkled in some cumin and paprika. and when things looked like they were getting serious, she added a splash of red wine. once that was done, she let it cool for a few hours.

a bit later she took the took the empanada dough out of the package. you can make the dough from scratch if you want, but she didn’t. you can get the recipe here, overachiever.

then she put a bit of the filling on one side of the dough, folded the other half over and used a fork to crimp the edges together. (flour the outsides so they don’t stick to the pan!) she put them in the oven at high heat for about 15 minutes.

she’s not gonna lie. the first batch turned out a little rough. the one on the bottom looks like it should be in Guernica, no?

detail from picasso's guernica

guernica empanada

but she’s happy to report that things improved steadily from then on. no more war-torn empanadas in her kitchen.

remember how she told you that these empanadas would have a halloween twist? of course you did. well here it comes…

she carved faces in them! like they were pumpkins! get it?

jack-o-nadas? emp-o-lanterns?

ok, moving right along…

every meal is better with wine, so laura mulled it over for a bit before deciding to make some mulled wine (hahahahahahahah. isn’t she witty?).


  • 1 bottle red wine (she chose malbec)
  • sugar
  • cinnamon stick
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • orange zest


no measurements were taken in the making of this mulled wine

you should probably put the peppercorns, bay leaves, and orange zest in a tea ball or some cheesecloth, but laura lives in the third world and doesn’t have access to such things. just kidding. she was just too lazy to go out and look for them.

she put the concoction over low heat for, eh, 5 minutes and then drank a glass of it. alone. while watching the break up. jealous? she’s not surprised.

anyway, laura was pleasantly surprised by how her birthday/halloween treats turned out. even though she can’t sent her jack-o-nadas to florence, she’ll make some for marina when they’re home in january (don’t fret, boo). and she hopes you make and enjoy these sexy latin treats (because everything latin is sexy, duh).

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