This article originally written by Digital Content Intern Yusra Asif. Asif, is a senior media communications major at the University of Delaware, working as the associate news editor at The Review and a broadcast news reporter at the Student Television Network at UD.
April 8th marks National Empanada Day, a delicious pastry that comes in several forms. The name empanada comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb em pandar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.
Empanadas are made by folding the dough or bread around a seasoned stuffing. The stuffed dough is then baked or fried. You can make your empanadas with meat, cheese, vegetables, fruit fillings, or anything else that you like.
Different parts of the United States make them with their own style and flavors. In the Southern and Southwestern United States, an empanada is called a Creole, and the dish is a savory meal. The Southeastern part of the country makes empanadas a little differently. A little more on the sweeter side, they fill these pastries with fresh or reconstituted dry fruit.
Further west in New Mexico, making empanadas for Christmas is a winter tradition. They make sweetmeats, similar to mincemeat, using ground pork, sugar, pinon nuts, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Everything is then sealed in a tortilla-like dough and deep-fried in lard.
To observe this tasty day, make your own version of empanadas. You can choose from a variety of fillings. Either a desert or a savory meal, your empanadas will be celebration worthy!