National Empanada Day in USA
National Empanada Day in USA is held on April 8. This event in the first decade of the month April is annual. Help us
The name empanada comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. It is believed that Latin American empanadas originated in Galicia, Spain, where an empanada is prepared similar to a pie that is cut in pieces, making it a portable and hearty meal for working people.
They first appeared in Medieval Iberia during the time of the Moorish invasions. A cookbook published in Catalan in 1520 mentions empanadas filled with seafood among its recipes of Catalan, Italian, French, and Arabian food.
The key to what sets empanadas apart from rest is their unique look and style. Defining characteristics include the dough being folded over the stuffing to make a half-moon shape, and they're typically rather small.
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