National Empanada Day Date in the current year: April 8, 2016

National Empanada Day Empanada is a delicious Spanish bread, that became popular around the world. Today, on April 8, we celebrate National Empanada Day!

Empanadas originated in Spain and Portugal. The first printed mentions of empanadas were found in a cookbook published in Catalan in 1520. Empanadas mentioned there were filled with seafood. Over time the Spanish and Portuguese brought empanadas to Americas, where they also became very popular. Today you can enjoy empanadas at any Latin American restaurant.

Empanadas are made by folding dough around any filling, that can be sweet or savory. The most common fillings for empanadas are chicken, cod, pork, sausage, cheese, any fruits. Hot and cold empanadas are served as a main course or as a side dish.

Empanadas filling and shapes can vary. Sweetmeat empanadas are traditional Christmas dishes in New Mexico. In the Southwest and South United States empanadas are half-circle crusts filled with meat and cheese. And Southeastern American empanadas are a pastry filled with any kind of fruits or sweet potato. If you have never had empanadas before, today is a great day to try something new!

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