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Everything about Empanadas

South American Empanada Recipes




Marian Blazes
Everything about Empanadas

Assorted Empanadas - Turning Leftovers into Portable Meals

Marian Blazes

Empanadas are stuffed pastries that are very popular in South America. Almost every food culture has its favorite version of a stuffed pastry, because they are the perfect portable meal. Empanadas probably came to South America with the Spaniards, but they quickly took on their own distinctive style and flavor in the New World. South American empanadas often have a sweet dough (sometimes they are even sprinkled with powdered sugar) that is a perfect contrast to the savory filling.

To the novice eye empanadas might look the same from country to country in South America, but there are distinct differences in each region. Most countries have a basic beef version and chicken version. Ham and cheese, potatoes, chile peppers, vegetables, seafood, hearts of palm, tropical fruits...whatever is available and popular in a particular region is usually featured in the local empanadas. The sealed edge of an empanada is known as the repulgue, and different repulgues are used to indicate different fillings.

Empanadas have a tender dough that tends to soak up the flavor of the filling, making them even more delicious the day after they are baked. The dough is less flaky than pie crust, and it's very simple to make. Empanadas reheat well in the microwave without losing thier texture.

Empanadas can be baked or fried. They are typically large enough to be a meal, but can also be made into a small, appetizer-size version.


Chicken Empanadas - Empanadas de Pollo

This is a typical chicken empanada recipe, filled with a mixture of poached chicken, sautéed onions, green olives and hard boiled eggs.


Empanadas de Pino - Beef Empanadas from Chile

These empanadas have a filling made from ground beef, onions, black olives, raisins, and hard boiled eggs. This particular concoction is known as "pino" in Chile, and it is found in other recipes as well, such as the Chilean corn casserole called pastel de choclo.


Empanadas Tucumanas - Beef Empanadas from Argentina

The Tucumán region of Argentina is well known for these empanadas, which are made with finely chopped, seasoned beef that tastes a little like pot roast.


Ham and Cheese Empanadas - Empanadas de Jamón y Queso

These empanadas, made with puff pastry dough instead of the traditional empanada dough, are popular in Peru. The creamy cheese filling is delicious, and using frozen puff pastry dough saves time.


Llauchas - Bolivian Cheese Empanadas

These empanadas are unique in that they are made with a yeasted dough, similar to pizza dough, and are filled with a creamy cheese sauce seasoned with a hint of chili pepper. They are cooked in a very hot oven so that they puff dramatically and char slightly.


Empanadas Fritas de Queso - Chilean-style Fried Cheese Empanadas

These fried empanadas are filled only with melted cheese, and as empanadas go they are quick and easy to make.


Salteña de Carne - Bolivian-style Beef Empanadas

Salteñas are known for their distinctive repulse and upright shape, as well as their juicy filling with lots of broth.


Colombian Empanadas - Fried Empanadas with Beef and Potato Filling


Empanadas de Verde con Queso - Green Plantain Empanadas with Cheese


Empanada Dough Recipe - Masa para Empanadas


How to Fill and Shape Empanadas

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