May 8, 2013

National Empanada Day

"Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature." - Charles Dickens

It's National Empanada Day!

While it might not be a food that frequently graces your particular everyday diet, empanadas are so beloved in this country of ours that they're actually honored twice throughout the year: once today and once on April 8th (which, it seems, is the more commonly celebrated of the two dates).

And what's not to love about them? Empanada comes from the word empanar which is Spanish for "to coat/wrap in bread". That pretty succinctly defines what this food is: meat (like chorizo or chicken), seafood (like sardines or cod), cheese, or veg that's placed onto some dough, which is then folded into a semicircle then baked or fried. Sound familiar? It should. The concept of dough stuffed with a variety of fillings is popular in many different cultures. Think calzones (Italian), samosas (Indian), or salteƱas (Bolivia) for example.

Um... yum! Anybody else hungry now?

(Especially for PIZZA empanadas?!?!? 'Chup, this happened.)

Happy National Empanada Day!