What Is an Empanada?
Empanadas are crescent-shaped, savory pastries made of dough and filled with a variety of ingredients. Empanada fillings vary greatly and can include anything from beef, chicken, pork, tuna, shellfish, cheese, or vegetables, seasoned vibrantly, then baked or fried to perfection.
What Is Usually In An Empanada?
When it comes to empanada filling the sky's the limit. Typically, what comes in an empanada is some kind of protein such as pork, chicken, or beef. On some occasions they can be filled with fish, cheese, or veggies. Usually empanadas also have at least one or two simple vegetables like corn, diced potatoes, or carrots.
Are Empanadas Mexican?
The name empanada comes from the verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Empanada is made by folding a dough or bread patty around the stuffing. Empanadas have their origins in Galicia (Spain) and Portugal.
They first appeared in Medieval Iberia during the time of the Moorish invasions. A cookbook published in Catalan in 1520 mentions empanadas filled with seafood among its recipes of Catalan, Italian, French, and Arabian food. It is believed that empanadas and the very similar calzones are both derived from the Arabic meat-filled pies, samosas.
What Kind of Dough Is Used for Empanadas?
Empanada dough is very similar to that of a pie crust so feel free to use pre-rolled pie crust sold in the refrigerated section. This will turn out sweeter than traditional empanada dough, however. Something else that will work are the canned biscuits or crescent rolls. All you have to do is press them and roll them thin for a flakier empanada.
Which Country Has The Best Empanadas?
In all reality there is no one country that has the best empanadas. That is left up to the opinions of the eaters, preferably who have tried literally every empanada in every variation in every country in South America as well as Spain and Portugal.
They do some things a little different with the dough, or what they fill it with. Ultimately it does not matter what country you are in. You will find a great empanada anywhere you go.
What Do You Eat with Empanadas?
You can serve them with a salad made of shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes and cucumber and dress it with fresh lime juice and salt. You can also serve them with pickled red onions as well and a savory tomato sauce. Refried beans is another great side dish that can be served with your empanada as well, with Latin style sour cream.