Thursday, April 8, 2010 is National Empanada Day.
Empanada originally were Spanish and Portugese food but has been taken throughout the world in many varieties. The name comes from Empanar, a Spanish word meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Sangria is often served with empanadas..
Epanadas ingredients can change from day to day depending on the seasonal and availability of ingredients and on personal preference. Some constant ingredients are sofrito, a spicy warm tomato sauce, spices, meat and vegetables. A flaky crust is required.
Some usual ingredients are tomatoes, jalapenos, Spanish onion, garlic cloves, cilantro leaves, lime, juice, salt, chicken, cheese, and empanada dough. Other vegetables or other meat can be used.