Monday, January 18, 2010
The name comes from the spanish verb "empanar", meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Usually the Empanada is made by folding a thin circular-shaped dough patty over the stuffing, creating its typical semicircular shape. It can be fried or baked and the filling can be almost everything you want like beef, pork, chicken, potato, rice, cheese, spinach, etc.
There are many different types of empanadas, almost every region has its own version and taste.
I love the versatility of this type of ready-to-go-meal, you may keep some in your freezer that would be very useful when you are in a rush or you have unexpected guests or simply there is no time to cook.
This food is as healthy as you want, I mean, depends on the ingredients you use and the type of preparation. My favorite is the vegetarian type of baked feta and spinach.
If you want to enjoy this delicious typical Latin American food, you may do it by yourself, just ask me for the recipe and I will send it to you, or simply go to the nearest supermarket and get some.