I recently found out there is this amazing site called Blogging for Books…
Where has this been all my blogging life? Someone will give me books to read & all I have to do is blog about it?? I’m in!
I signed up and was perusing their selection when I came across this cookbook that looked fascinating.
It’s called “In Her Kitchen” and is full of recipes from grandmothers around the world. Now we all know grandmas make the best food ever and I thought it would be fascinating to see what traditional cooking looked like in far off places.
This book did not disappoint. While some recipes read like an episode of Bizarre Foods…
“Caterpillars in Tomato Sauce” anyone?? Yummm
Others look amazingly delicious like this “Sweet Pizza with Apples and Chocolate”
The author traveled the world and met each of these women and spent time cooking and eating with them. As a homeschool mom I love the idea of using this book to further explore world studies through their recipes.
I decided to go ahead and whip one up for you so that you can have a little sample of what this book has to offer. And these looked to delicious not to make.
Some of these recipes have exotic ingredients, but many of them can be made from a stop at you local grocery store. This is one of those.
Mine turned out looking a little different from the ones in the book, but they were a huge hit at my house. These are crispy, doughy and the meat mixture inside is so flavorful!
Here’s what you’ll need
1-tbsp Grapeseed oil plus more for frying
1- Onion Chopped
1-lb ground beef (I recommend using a lean ground beef for this)
4- large tomatoes diced (Or you can cheat like I did and use 2 cans of diced stewed tomatoes)
1/2- Cup Green olives diced
1/2- Cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1- 12×12 in sheet frozen puff pastry thawed
1- egg lightly beaten
Heat the 1 tbsp oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add the ground beef tomatoes olives and parsley and season with salt. Cook until the meat is no longer pink add the liquid has evaporated 12-15 minutes. Season to taste. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Cut the puff pastry into four 6- in squares. Place a rounded 1/3 cup of cooked meat and vegetables in the lower half of each square, leaving a 1/2 in border. Lightly brush the border with the beaten egg. Fold and press the sides together so it won’t open. You can also use a fork to seal the edges.
Place 2 inches of oil in a deep pot. When the oil is hot add the pasteles, a few at a time, being careful not to crowd the pan. Fry until they are golden and crispy 2-3 minutes on one side 1-2 minutes on the other side. Drain the pasteles on a rack set over paper towels. Let them cool a little before eating.
Let me know if you check this book out! Would you give the caterpillars a try??
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