Monday, March 30, 2009

Empanadas

Empanadas the exquisite pastry wrap with fragrant beefy filling is a very popular snacks in Central and South American countries. Traditionally eaten as street food, empanadas are ideal for snacking on the go but are just as satisfying as a simple dinner. Although the empanada has different incarnations in various countries, it always consists of a stuffing-be it a cheese, vegetable or meat-wrapped in dough that can be baked or fried. Fruit filling can be used to create dessert empanadas too.

Carlos was born in Argentina so he grew up eating a lot of empanadas. In Argentina, the traditional empanada features chopped or ground beef combined with onion, green olive, hard-boiled egg, and sometimes potato, seasoned with cumin or paprika. Argentinean empanadas is either baked or fried. When we went back to Argentina a few years ago we really had a great time trying out many different types of Empanadas. One thing I can say is the best empanadas we have eaten was in Buenos Aires.

I tried to re-create the empanadas with various kinds of fillings here at home for Carlos and it turn out pretty good. As usual I used the store bought empanadas wrappers. I found a Latin store here and they sell empanadas wrappers imported all the way from Argentina and it’s thinner and flakier than the Goya's brand. For the traditional Argentinean empanadas you can refer to my previous recipe here

25 comments:

Christelle said...

Ah interesting, in Britain we have something similar: the cornish pastie, an pasties in General..

Coquito said...

Hi how coincidence, i am a Malaysian married to an Argentinian too. I make empanadas once a while. I have tried different empanadas in Argentina and i think one of the best you can get is at La Americana in Buenos Aries.

Cat Cat said...

Gert,
Empanada is like Karipap for Malaysian lah ya... I'm so craving for Karipap, Gert... Do you think I can find any ready-made pastry in the supermarket?

Big Boys Oven said...

oh this look so delicious and yummy! I want one too hmmmm....

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks really good, with the added boiled egg, looks a lot like our Malaysian curry puff.

Dawn said...

I would love one or three of these for lunch right now!

meeso said...

Wow, that looks awesome with the boiled egg in there... I would LOVE to try one of these!

(( K@Y )) said...

Interesting, I should add an egg next time.

Elin said...

Wow, the wrap is really thin and you make me hungry juz dooling at it :) I want to make this ! Thanks for sharing.

SLT said...

Gert... it's 12.28am here now and my stomach is GROWLING!!! Those empandas look yummilicious!! :)

Zue Murphy said...

Gert, you are right. This Latin empanadas skin is so flaky. I order some ok.

Dee said...

looks nice !
your wrapping skills are getting better. Don't need me. =P

mycookinghut said...

Interesting!! Never tried these before.. do they taste the same as our malaysian curry puff?

ICook4Fun said...

Christelle, yes they are pretty similar :)

Coquito, thanks for stopping by. Will check out La Americana the next time we go back to Argentina :)

Cat, you can get the wrappers from the frozen section of the supermarket.

BBO, thank you.

LCOM, I used the same wrappers to make our Malaysian curry puff too :)

Dawn, come over and I make some for you :)

Meeso, too bad you are so far away if not I can share some with you :)

Kay, it taste better with egg.

Elin, you might need to make your own pastry. Let me know if you need the recipe :)

SLT, thank you.

Zue, I will buy some for you the next time I visit.

Dee, I just press the edges with a fork. Still having problem crimping the edges. Still need you to do it :)

Leemei, it taste different as this one is not spicy and used a lot of ground beef in it but I did used the same wrappers for our curry puffs :)

Debbie said...

I have a coworker that makes her own empanadas and they are just so good! Yours look wonderful!

Beachlover said...

Gert,you are right,the skin is thinner and flaky compare with Goya brand..do you think it's more magerine or butter added for the pastry? maybe you can make it yourself,see how it's!!

Sara said...

I love empanadas but had no idea you can buy wrappers. That will definitely make future empanadas making easier.

FAMILY FIRST said...

Never tried these before but I think shd be close to our local curry puffs? We have them with boiled eggs inside too.

ICook4Fun said...

Debbie, thank you.

Lesley, yea this pastry is more flaky than the goya brand.

Sara, you can get the ready pastry from the frozen dept.

Family First, yes it was pretty similar.

Angie said...

Hey Gert, the empadanas looks great. After looking at your pictures, I'm thinking of having Malaysian curry puff :D

Food For Tots said...

Wow! It reminds me of our Malaysian curry puffs. Looks so delicious especially the filling!

ICook4Fun said...

Angie, the empanadas is very similar to our curry puff.

Food for tots, yes the filling is different.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a Malaysian, married to an Argentinian too and yeah I love empanadas, yummyy!!! I wonder if there are many of Malaysian get hooked up to an Argentine? maybe we can hang out? -tuty-

jamina said...

I just recently returned from a trip to Argentina and would like to make empanadas using authentic Argentinean wrappers (I will try to make my own at some point). I live in the Philly area and was wondering where you found the wrappers imported from Argentina!

ICook4Fun said...

Tuty, welcome to the club ha ha..not sure how many Malaysian married to Argentinian out there :)

Jamina, I bought my Argentinian empanadas wrappers from a small Latin store at Frazier but you can get them now at Giant or Wegmans but it is Goya brand. Check it out at the freezer section.