Travel Photo of the Day: Empanada

This simple pocket pastry can be found in many countries worldwide

Empanadas can be baked or deep-fried.

Like many others popular foods throughout Latin America (see yesterday’s churro photo), empanadas have roots in Western Europe. According to some accounts, though, neither Spain nor Portugal can take the full credit for this traditional dish since there’s a good chance that it was originally introduced to these countries during the Moorish invasion back in medieval times.

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No matter its origin, though, the simple pocket pastry varies from country to country. They can be either savory or sweet, and come with popular fillings including seafood, meat, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. They can also come in both baked and deep-fried versions.

Looking for a tasty empanada recipe? Check out ours for beef empanadas!

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