Posted by Zoe Geoffrion , on Feb, 2018
It’s a well known fact that empanadas are one of the most popular (and delicious!) foods to emerge from Central American culture. However, have you ever wondered what makes empanadas so delectable, and how they vary from region to region? Whether you prefer to chow down on world famous empanadas in Newark, NJ or elsewhere, it never hurts to learn more about where your food comes from. Here are a few facts worth knowing about empanadas.
Pick a Filling, Any Filling!
There are so many options out there as far as empanada fillings. While beef is commonly used for the most world famous empanadas in Newark, NJ, many people prefer vegetables or even sweet puddings and pastes, such as caramel or chocolate. If it’s edible, it can probably be found in an empanada in some shape or form. Some chefs, for instance, prefer making empanadas out of onions and egg, while others stuff their empanadas with potatoes. These two types of fillings are especially popular in Chile and Colombia, respectively. It is very easy to find a unique and equally delectable type of empanada within every country across the Latin diaspora.
How They’re Cooked
Most people assume empanadas are fried foods, much like Jamaican meat pies or other savory turnovers. However, the truth of the matter is empanadas aren’t made for frying. Whether you’re eating world famous empanadas in Newark or something a little different, know and trust that they will taste their best when prepared in an oven. The grease from frying will ruin the flavor! Baking, on the other hand, warms and browns empanadas beautifully, leaving you with a fresh and pillowy meal filled with scrumptious ingredients you can easily and fully taste. What could be more satisfying?
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