An empanada is a baked or fried stuffed bread or pastry in many Latin American and Southern European countries. The name comes from the empanar verb, which means wrapping or coating in bread. Empanada is produced by folding around the stuffing a dough or bread patty. The stuffing may be a range of meats, vegetables, or even fruits.
Empanadas originate from Galicia (Spain) and Portugal. They first emerged during the Moorish invasions in Medieval Iberia. A cookbook released in Catalan, Spain in 1520 mentions among its Catalan, Italian, French, and Arabic food recipes that some empanadas are packed with seafood.
Empanadas and the very comparable calzones are thought to be both derived from the pies and samosas filled with Arabic meat.
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A Galician and Portuguese empanada is generally filled with tuna, sardines, or chorizo, but it may contain fish or pork loin. The meat or fish is frequently found inside the bread or pastry case in a tomato, garlic, and onion sauce. The empanada gallega has also become famous in this region due to the large number of Galician immigrants in Latin America.
They say that empanadas unite all of Latin America today. The dish reached Asia and the United States of America. In Argentina, the fillings differ from province to province; the dough is produced with wheat flour and beef drippings. Some places use chicken, while others use beef, spiced with cumin and paprika. Some other fillings are onion, boiled egg, olives, or raisins. Empanadas can be baked or fried.
In Bangladesh, empanadas are known as kushli pitha. The most common stuffing is coconut and jaggery spiced with cinnamon. They are generally eaten as snacks during tea time. And in the United States, empanadas are based primarily on South American recipes, where they are commonly accessible from food carts, food trucks, and restaurants in New York City, New Jersey, and Miami.
Not a lot of food can unite nations. The empanada recipe, however, has reached many regions and countries today. Empanadas have been on a long historical journey that has ultimately resulted in several modifications to the recipe. However, it remains a well-regarded and nutritious snack all over the world.
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