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The Making of an Empanada

What is an Empanada?

An Empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried, available in many countries of Latin America and the south of Europe. Empanadas have their origins in Galicia (Spain) and Portugal. 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 for Catalan, Italian, French, and Arabian food. It is believed that empanadas and the very similar calzone, both derived from the central asian meat-filled pie called samosa.

Many families have a day of the week dedicated to an empanada dinner, which may be home-cooked by a family member or ordered as take-out/delivery. Empanadas are sought out for parties and family gatherings for their convenience! Empanadas are widely enjoyed as street food as they are easily consumed on-the-go.

Chiddy's Cheesesteaks introduced our empanadas to Long Island in 2016. We started with a family recipe for a traditional beef and cheddar empanada which quickly took off. We added additional flavors like Buffalo Chicken and Cheesesteak, which of course is our specialty. Over the next couple of years, we’ve added six flavors which include; savory chicken pot pie, Greek-style spinach with feta, and a great spin on Italian Stromboli filled with salami, pepperoni, and provolone cheese. If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, you should definitely try one of our dessert empanadas. We offer a caramel apple pie, delectable banana and Nutella, and a must-try Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! You’ll be sure to find something to satisfy any palate.