em·​pa·​na·​da | \ ˌem-pə-ˈnä-də How to pronounce empanada (audio) \

Definition of empanada

: a turnover with a sweet or savory filling

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One stall serves a gourmet version of one of the region’s staples, the empanada gallega, a savory pie eaten as a snack. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 Adao Pastel Gourmet is another Brazilian food truck serving empanadas from the Chef Romulo Ferreira Costa. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lineup released for Orlando's upcoming food truck park," 21 June 2018 When dough has rested and filling is cooled, assemble and cook empanadas. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hibiscus is the flower that's good enough to drink (and eat)," 24 Apr. 2018 The trucks at the event will be Amore de la Cucina, serving homestyle Italian fare; Chillwaukee, a maker of seasonal frozen pops; Dõner MKE, serving modern German street food; La Masa, the empanada restaurant's mobile division. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The first Riverwest Food Truck Rally is coming up," 10 July 2018 Among the new options from Executive Chef Hector Colon are empanadilla loca (a pizza empanada with cheese, beef, mayo-ketchup, lettuce and tomato), mofongo with carne frita, pincho con tostones, bacalaítos and other items. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld Orlando extends Seven Seas Food Fest by 2 weekends," 27 Mar. 2018 The Taste of Jamaica ($19.99) plates up a little bit of everything: jerk chicken, pulled jerk pork, a beef empanada, callaloo, sweet plantains, white rice and black beans. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Bahama Breeze's Reggae Fest promises special food, drink, music at restaurants," 29 June 2018 Livery Order every empanada -- chefs make six varieties from scratch -- and kick back with a rosé sangria on the cushy rooftop deck. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These rooftop bars and restaurants will help you live your best summer," 18 June 2018 See step-by-step instructions here and get the chicken empanadas recipe here. Elyssa Goldberg, Bon Appetit, "80 Dishes to Bring to an Outdoor Party," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of empanada

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for empanada

American Spanish, from Spanish, feminine of empanado, past participle of empanar to bread, from em- (from Latin in-) + pan bread, from Latin panis — more at food

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