Welcome to the August edition of The Secret Recipe Club. This is one fun group! What is the Club you ask? Each month, one member is assigned to another member from their group secretly (hence the name). That person selects a recipe to make and creates a blog post. Everyone in the group posts on the same Monday together and gets to see who had their blog and what recipe(s) they chose. I think this is such a cool concept! And since there are four groups, each Monday of the month is a new “reveal day.”
This month, I was assigned The Wimpy Vegetarian. I go meatless often when making lunches and dinners so I was super stoked to be assigned her blog. As I poured over her “about me” page, I realized Susan and I have a lot of similarities. She lives in the SF Bay Area and I was raised in Oakland, CA so we share some of the same stomping grounds. For about 13 years, I ate a mostly plant based diet and it seemed that any relationship I had was with a committed carnivore, so I totally identify with her making two meals for herself and her spouse. I think it’s really great that she found a way to spice up her vegetarian dishes to make them pleasing to the meat eater in your life. Her blog focuses on bridging the culinary gap between vegetarians and omnivores and uniting a divided kitchen. I wish I knew about this blog a few years ago. Now that I do, I think I see more tasty vegetarian dishes being whipped up in my kitchen.
Susan has also entered and won many cooking contests, teaches cooking classes and has attended culinary school. It certainly shows in the recipes she has on her blog. I had a hard time deciding which one to make. Some of my favorites are the Chile Relleno Egg Bake (since I can live on a steady diet of Chile Relleno’s), the Spicy Red Pepper Jam and the Huevos Rancheros, which was a contest winner for Susan. After a lot of reading on her recipe index, and listening to my stomach growl, I chose to make her Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Empanadas. Don’t let the idea of empanadas scare you. These are very easy to make. I just used a 9” store bought crust and cut it in fourths, laid down the veggies and folded it over. Easy peasy. After assembly, they can be refrigerated for a couple of or frozen for a couple of months. This is perfect to make ahead and have on hand when those busy weeknights take over.
Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Empanadas
- 2 Large red onions (sliced thin)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 3/4 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons red wine
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cup small diced butternut squash
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 2 Medium fuji apples (peeled & chopped)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 pie crust (9)
Susan’s recipe includes a homemade dough, however I had a pretty busy day so I opted for the store bought. Either way, the filling is incredible and empanadas can be a meal in itself. Take this and pair it with a salad and you will have the ultimate delicious dinner.
Take a moment and click on some of the links in the collection to see what other members of the Secret Recipe Club cooked up. There are tons of goodies! I’m so glad to have found this group and am excited to check everyone’s creations.
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