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Here's The Dish: What is An Empanada?

We're going to talk all about empanada and share all there is to know about them. An empanada is a Spanish and Latin-American dish. The name is from the Spanish word, empanar, which means embreaded, or wrap in bread. Empanadas are like little turnovers filled with sweet or savory ingredients. They are usually shaped in half-moons and range in size from mini bite-sized dumplings to larger sizes. Empanadas are either baked or fried and served alongside dipping sauces and salsa. Sweet versions are sprinkled with powdered sugar. The Coach's version is our special Dominican-style roasted corn and pimiento served with salsa. Just the right amount of heat, just the right amount of sweet.


Traditionally empanada fillings were chicken or tuna with a blend of bell peppers and onions. It is also common for any protein like chicken, beef, and pork along with vegetables to be included.


Throughout time, they have evolved to include limitless ingredients as chefs fuse different flavors inside these little pockets of flavor. If you don't eat meat and prefer a vegetarian combination, that is another option. Some empanadas are even filled with sweet ingredients like fruit, chocolate, cinnamon, and sugar creating an indulgent dessert! They are such a popular food in America there is a day dedicated to this tasty dish. April 8 is National Empanada Day!


Empanada's popularity has grown throughout the years, and they are now enjoyed throughout the United States and the world. From the sweet to the savory, there's no filling that isn't made better when it's wrapped in a delicate, flaky pastry. You'll see them on menus of all different types of restaurants, diners, and even food trucks, including the Coach!.



Empanadas are easy to make at home! You don't even have to make the dough homemade. Packaged pizza, bread, and pie dough are perfect.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of pre-made pie crust (2 rolls)

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef drained

  • 1/4 cup diced onions

  • 1/2 medium diced bell pepper

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 cup Mexican blended cheese

  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F

  2. Prepare a cookie sheet with a baking mat, non-stick foil, parchment paper or oil. Set aside.

  3. In a large skillet cook ground beef, onions and bell pepper until beef is cooked, peppers and onions are soft.

  4. Add all spices to the mixture and cook for 2 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat

  6. Roll out pie crusts. Use a cereal bowl to trace circles onto pie crusts

  7. Put circles onto a cookie sheet. Add 2 - 3 Tablespoons of filling to the middle of the circle. Top with 1 Tablespoon of cheese.

  8. Fold pie crust in half, keeping the filling inside, and press edges down with a fork.

  9. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for all empanadas

  10. Beat egg in a small bowl and brush on top of empanadas

  11. Bake for 15 minutes

  12. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce


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