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Empanadas are so wonderfully delicious that they have an entire celebratory day all to themselves!
And why not, I ask you?
After all, each empanada is a portable and easy to eat vessel filled with goodness. Every single one of them is stuffed with a delectable surprise. From meats to bejeweled fruit compotes, anything and everything can make it into an empanada. Even peanut butter and jelly, or nutella and goat cheese! If you can put it in a sandwich, it can go inside an empanada!
I’ve been traveling the country this past few years and I’m encountering all sorts of empanadas wherever I go. Just last week in Los Angeles, I saw food trucks solely dedicated to empanadas, fancy parties featuring different hand-held pies, and casual luncheons filled with tiny pastry parcels filled with fruits and jams. And that was just in one week!
So what is your favorite way to fill an empanada? Do you make your own dough or buy the convenient pre-made empanada discs available in most supermarkets? Do you know how to make them gluten free, or vegan? Do you bake them or fry them, or both? Tell me, I want to know. Share it in your comments below and let’s talk about hand-held pies.
And in the case that you wish to take an online class on how to make empanadas, I’m offering you a special link for my Craftsy class on Empanadas, Arepas, and Tostadas, at a great 50% off. This is my gift for you on National Empanada Day!
Finally, don't forget to order my cookbook Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America where you will find many recipes of wheat, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan empanadas, filled with all sorts of authentic Latin American fillings. Plus plenty of salsas to accompany them with too.
Happy Empanada making, y’all!