Friday, 18 February 2011

Food Glossary: Empanadas

Empanadas are one of the greatest inventions in food history!  They are such a great snack and when in many South American countries they are available EVERYWHERE!  These cheap and tasty delights are pastry parcels (similar to a pasty) and filled with either meat, egg, vegetables, tuna, cheese, ham or a combination.  We had really nice ones in Columbia, Ecuador and Argentina.

Empanadas originate from Spain, and the name comes from the verb 'empanar' - meaning to wrap or coat in bread.  You can find either fried or baked empanadas and can also buy ready made pastry circles to create your own.  Stay peeled for my post on how to cook your own empanadas.


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