Perfect for cooler weather: Argentinian Street Food by Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmaher »

Enjoy authentic empanadas, helados and dulce de leche

By Laura McKinnon
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Argentinian Street Food - Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmahe

Argentinian Street Food - Enrique Zanoni and Gaston Stivelmahe


What a great idea for a cookbook! It really is odd to think that Argentinian Street Food is primarily concerned with the combo of stuffed pastries and ice cream, but yet so appealing. It made me want to get cooking asap.

Argentinian Street Food reveals the secrets of putting together an empanada, whether it be stuffed with meat, cheese, vegetables, fruit or molten chocolate.

From recipes for the dough, to traditional decoration, to folding and edging; every part of putting an empanada together is covered with simple and clear instructions.

It goes on to give recipes for fillings – sweet and sour, choriempa, carne picante, and a delicious tucumana amongst the many meat fillings. (And you could also make these into tasty pies).

However meat is not the only filling associated with empanadas. The spinach and cheese is delicious, the corn and coriander almost as good and of course cheese and mushroom is a classic. Seafood fillings include lemon tuna and prawn and avocado.

Sweet fillings include ice cream and sweet potato paste.

The beauty of empanadas is that once you have mastered their basic creation you can easily go on to create different fillings for each day of the week – a different taste sensation every night whilst sticking to the same general recipe outline. Brilliant.

Argentinian Street Food also covers helados, Argentina’s answer to ice cream/gelato. Sauces and topping recipes are included to make the sweet even sweeter.

The secrets of Argentinian ice cream are covered, and the recipe for dulce de leche (a famous Argentinian sweet sauce made from milk, here also made into ice cream) is included. The traditional recipe for dulce de leche makes an appearance in the sweets section of the book.

Ice cream bon bons, coconut alfajores and praline almonds are some other sweet treat recipes.

Argentinian Street Food also delivers sections based around little dishes and drinks. Perfect accompaniments for large meals based on empanadas and large amounts of delicious ice cream.

What a great autumn release; perfectly delivering comfort food recipes for the cool winter months. Get warmed up by the empanadas and cool off with the ice cream. For those that want to try something a little different that has a hint of familiarity, don’t hesitate, this is one of the better cook books around at the moment.


Argentinian Street Food is published in Australia by Murdoch Books (Sydney, 2014; hc, 160pp) and retails for $29.99

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