|pionono filled with ham, |
cheese, roasted red pepper,
hard-boiled egg, & green olives
|pionono filling before|
Of course, I knew Argentina’s pionono filled with dulce de leche would be a delicious version of one of my favorite desserts, caramel cake. As much as I wanted to make that dish, I found the idea of yellow sponge cake as the “bread” layer to a sandwich intriguing, and I just had to try it out. The From Argentina with Love blog includes several ideas for savory fillings and notes that a traditional Argentine filling includes ham, cheese, hard-boiled egg, roasted red peppers, and green olives. So, I tried it out, and I must say that it was quite delicious. The only thing I would change in the future is to add a thin layer of mayonnaise to the cake for moisture. On its own, the cake and filling was a little dry. I read other examples of fillings which included artichoke dip or ham with a cream cheese and Roquefort spread, which would seem to present a moister roll. This is a perfect party dish, and I will definitely add it to my hors d’oeuvre repertoire.
Fainà and Argentine-Style Pizza
|pizza a caballo|
Happy National Gnocchi Day
In Argentina, as well as other Italian-influenced South American countries, the 29th of every month is celebrated as Dia de Ňoquis, National Gnocchi Day. What a brilliant idea for a monthly holiday! The holiday’s origin was born of necessity as families reaching the end of the previous month’s paycheck began the tradition of joining together for an inexpensive dish (basically just potatoes and flour) that was so delicious it felt like a royal feast. Another tradition associated with this holiday is placing a peso under each plate for good luck and prosperity. I could not resist the idea, so I invited over some girlfriends to celebrate on August 29.
|sweet potato gnocchi|
with fried sage
|gnocchi with tomato,|
basil, and olives
Skirt Steak with Chimichurri & Burnt Carrots served with Fresh Greens, Goat Cheese, and Garlic Chips
|skirt steak with chimichurri|
|burnt carrots with fresh greens|
My week of Argentine cuisine surpassed my expectations. I didn’t have any idea how many delicious, Italian-inspired dishes existed in Argentina, and I loved experiencing the Argentine versions of familiar recipes. As an added bonus, this week offered me an opportunity to make homemade gnocchi for the first time, and I am thrilled to discover that I can make it well! I am confident that we will celebrate Dia de Ňoquis more often. All in all, another week of great dishes!