Country: Argentina, Latin America
Notes: In Latin American cultures, an empanada is a type of baked or fried pastry, consisting of pastry and filling. Empanadas are made by folding dough over a stuffing, which may consist of meat, cheese, corn, or other ingredients. For our trip of empanadas we have three types, ground meat with chimichurri, shredded chicken with tomato and then the Caprese. The caprese version is the one that has an Italian influence but is very popular in Argentina.
Preparation: The masa is rolled out into circles and then the fillings are added to the center. The dough is then folded over the filling to form a half circle and then the edges are pressed together to seal the filling inside. When ready the empanadas are fried to order to give a crispy texture.