Empanadas are a popular and practical local specialty. They come in different flavors and regional styles. Empanadas are convenient and easily transportable. They can be served as a meal, or appetizer, and are also popular party food and are eaten hot or cold. Empanada delivery is available in all parts of the city, and you would be hard pressed to find a restaurant or bakery that did not sell them.
Popular flavors include:
- Carne: ground beef with raisins
- Caprese: tomato, basil and lots of cheese
- Jamon y Queso: ham and cheese
- Verdura: vegetable, usually creamy spinach
- Pollo: seasoned chicken
- Humita: creamed corn
I have also experimented with making my own empanadas at home!
We made empanadas with a filling of frozen spinach and chickpeas with yellow curry. This is not a traditional flavor, but they were delicious.
We also made dessert empanadas with homemade apple cinnamon filling. They didn’t turn out as well as hoped, but still pretty good.
I can’t believe we don’t have empanadas in the US – where fast, portable, filling food is so highly valued. Any entrepreneurs out there looking for a business idea?….