You don’t have to grow up eating the food of a particular culture to be good at cooking that food. Bobby Flay is a White Irish man from New York, but no one is doubting his Southwestern flavor skills. My Korean Mom made the best spaghetti sauce I’ve ever tasted, so… yeah, weird. So, this half Korean/half Redneck girl is going to take you with her on an Empanada Adventure.
I don’t have some really cool empanada food memory to share. Something about standing on a stool in my Abuela’s kitchen while she made empanadas for a family meal. That scenario is pretty much genetically impossible for me. I have, however, seen empanadas made on Food Network and The Cooking Channel quite often, and thought they looked amazing. What’s not to love? A crispy and flaky crust filled with well seasoned meat and vegetables. Uh, yum! I also used to pass an empanada food truck every day on my way to work at the Book Behemoth and stopped to try one once. It was deep fried, kinda greasy, and very light on the filling. That’s not what I saw on TV. So I did what I do. I researched, I planned, and I experimented until I created a pretty darn good empanada! I don’t know if your Abuela would find it authentic, but there weren’t any left after everyone took their fill, so it must be good! (Read more…)