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|Place of origin||Spain|
|Serving temperature||Hot or cold|
|Main ingredients||Pastry, filling|
An empanada (Spanish pronunciation: [empaˈnaða]) is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries of The Americas and in Spain. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.
Empanadas are made by folding dough over a stuffing, which may consist of meat, cheese, corn, or other ingredients.
Empanadas trace back their origins to the northwest region of Spain, Galicia. A cookbook published in Catalan in 1520, Libre del Coch by Robert de Nola, mentions empanadas filled with seafood in the recipes for Catalan, Italian, French, and Arabian food.
By country and region
Argentine empanadas are often served during parties and festivals as a starter or main course. Shops specialize in freshly made empanadas, with many flavors and fillings.
The dough is made with wheat flour and beef drippings for the fillings which differs from province to province. Some places use chicken, and some places beef (cubed or ground depending on the region) spiced with cumin and paprika. Some other fillings are onion, boiled egg, olives, or raisins. Empanadas can be baked or fried. It also can contain ham, fish, humita (sweetcorn with white sauce), or spinach; a fruit filling is used to create a dessert empanada. For the interior regions, they can be spiced with peppers.
In those places (usually take-out shops) where several types are served, a repulgue, or pattern, is added to the pastry fold to distinguish the varieties (although it is more common nowadays to burn a letter – an abbreviated indication of the filling – into the dough). In larger cities, empanadas are eaten more as take-away food, sourced from restaurants specializing in this dish. They usually carry dozens of different varieties, which is not the case in northern provinces, where empanadas are usually made at home, with more traditional recipes.
Also popular are the so-called "Arabian" empanadas (empanadas árabes or fatay), filled with beef, tomato, onion, and lemon juice, similar to the fatayer made in the Levant.
In Belize, empanadas are known as panades. They are made with masa (corn dough) and typically stuffed with fish, chicken, or beans. They are usually deep fried and served with a cabbage or salsa topping. Panades are frequently sold as street food.
Cape Verde cuisine features the pastel, as well. Cape Verdean pastéis are often filled with spicy tuna fish. One particular variety, the pastel com o diabo dentro (literally: Pastel with the devil within), is particularly spicy, and is made with a dough made from sweet potatoes and cornmeal.
The empanada is considered the most symbolic food of the country. Salvador Allende, the President of Chile from 1970 to 1973, emphasized the national character of his political project saying that it would be a "revolution with the flavor of red wine, and the scent of an empanada".
Eating empanadas, especially the meat ones called "empanadas de pino", becomes more popular during September, the month that Chile celebrates las fiestas patrias or their independence. They are eaten during meals like asados or Chilean barbeques, and are accompanied with drinks like la chicha and red wine.
Meat empanadas ("de pino") are filled with ground beef, fried with white onion and are seasoned with garlic, hard-boiled eggs, olives, and sometimes raisins. This version is known as the typical baked Chilean empanada, although it can also be fried. A different variation is called "pequén": it does not contain the pino meat, but it does have its same juice. It is filled with lots of white onion and hot chili pepper and is smoldered.
Seafood empanadas are filled with crab, clams, sea snails, or special oysters called crassostrea and cheese. Different seafood can be used, and they are mixed with chopped white onion. Generally they are fried in oil, but they can also be baked. They are usually served with white wine and are very popular during Semana Santa (Holy Week or the week surrounding Easter).
In Indonesian cuisine, a panada is a bread snack filled with spicy tuna or cakalang fish (skipjack tuna). It is derived from the Portuguese empanada. It is the specialty of Manado city, Minahasa people, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.[better source needed]
The Paraguayan empanada is characterized by its use of ground beef and hard-boiled eggs. Other varieties include Ham & Cheese, Corn & Cheese, and Palm Heart empanadas. Their consumption is often accompanied with Yerba Mate tea either hot (terere) or cold (mate).
Filipino empanadas usually contain ground beef, pork or chicken, potatoes, chopped onions, and raisins (somewhat similar to the Cuban picadillo) in a somewhat sweet, wheat flour bread. There are two kinds available: the baked sort and the flaky fried type. To lower costs, potatoes are often added as an extender, while another filling is kutsay, or garlic chives (kutsay in Cebuano and Tagalog; 韭菜 kú-chhài in Lan-nang).
Empanadas in the northern part of the Ilocos are different. These usually have savoury fillings of green papaya, mung beans, and sometimes chopped Ilocano sausage (chorizo) and egg yolk. Rather than the soft, sweet dough favoured in Tagalog-speaking areas, the dough used to enclose the filling is thin and crisp, mostly because Ilocano empanadas use rice flour coloured orange with achuete (annatto), and is deep-fried rather than baked.[better source needed]
The 'Mpanatigghi are stuffed, consisting of halfmoon-shaped panzarotti filled with a mixture of almonds, walnuts, chocolate, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and minced beef. These are typical of Modica, in the province of Ragusa, Sicily. They are also known as impanatiglie or dolce di carne ("pastry of meat").
They were probably introduced by the Spaniards during their rule in Sicily which took place in the sixteenth century; this is suggested from the etymology of the name which comes from the Spanish "empanadas or empadillas" (empanada), as well as from the somewhat unusual combination of meat and chocolate, which occurs several times in the Spanish culinary. In past centuries for the preparation of 'mpanatigghi game meat was used but today beef is used.
Empanadas, mainly based on South American recipes, are widely available in New York City from food carts, food trucks, and restaurants. Empanadas are usually found in U.S. areas with a large Hispanic population, like San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, California.
Venezuelan empanadas differ from other countries' (such as Argentina and Chile) in that they are made with corn flour instead of wheat flour. Venezuelan empanadas, akin to empanadas in other countries in the Caribbean, are generally fried instead of baked. The dough for Venezuelan empanadas is made similarly to the arepa dough, using corn flour, water and salt. In some cases the flour can be flavored with any desired ingredient, such as sugar cane, anise, annatto or just broth.[better source needed]
Many other world cuisines have dishes very similar to the empanada. These include:
- Bánh gối (bánh xếp) and other types of bánh from Vietnam
- Börek and pogača from Turkey and areas of the former Ottoman Empire
- Bridie, baked pastry filled with spiced beef and onions, from Forfar, Scotland.
- Calzone and panzerotti from Italy
- Curry puff from Malaysia and countries with Malay populations
- Goat roti, goat curry in flatbread from the east of India
- Gujia from India filled with sugared coconut, nuts, and sweets, but no meat
- Jamaican patty
- Jiaozi from China, also called gyoja in Korea and gyōza in Japan
- Kajjikaya from Andhra Pradesh, India, similar to fried empanadas filled with sweetened, dried coconut
- Khuushuur, from Mongolia, commonly made with mutton or beef, or whitefish when within the vicinity of Lake Khuvsgul.
- Kibbeh, from Lebanon/Levant, with lamb meat encased in bulgur dough
- Karanji from Maharashtra, India, filled with fried and sugared coconut
- Knish, a dish from Eastern Europe
- Kubdari, a traditional dish of Svan people in Georgia
- Mandu, from Korea
- Momo, either steamed or deep-fried, from Tibet, Nepal, and northeast India
- Natchitoches meat pie, fried or baked pastry turnover filled with ground beef, pork, onion, garlic, and spices
- Pastel, a similar Brazilian and Indonesian dish with a more flaky, pastry-type crust
- Pastizz, (plural pastizzi) is a traditional savoury pastry from Malta. Pastizzi usually have a filling either of ricotta or mushy peas, and are called 'pastizzi tal-irkotta' (cheese cake) or 'pastizzi tal-piżelli' (pea cake). Pastizzi are a popular, traditional and well-known Maltese food.
- Pasty, Cornish baked pastry filled with beef and potato, from Cornwall, England
- Pierogi, bierock and runza from Slavic countries
- Pīragi or pīrādziņi from Latvia
- Pirozhki or Chebureki, from Russia and nearby countries
- Samosa, from South Asia; also known as sambusak in Arabia
- Scovardă, mainly used in the plural scoverzi, from Romania, especially Transylvania, fried in a pan and usually filled with various types of cheese, with or without dill
- Stromboli (which is Italian American)
- Hot Pockets, prepared, mass-marketed food from the United States
- Strudel, from Germany and areas of the former Habsburg Empire
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