Empanadas are crescent-shaped pastries traditionally filled with a variety of savory or sweet ingredients, originating from Spain and Latin America. They consist of a pastry dough that is folded over the filling and sealed by crimping the edges, which are then baked or fried until golden and crispy. The filling combinations are nearly endless, ranging from seasoned meats, like beef, chicken, or pork, to vegetables or fruits, as well as cheeses, making them a versatile and satisfying meal or snack.
In Spanish and Latin American homes and restaurants, empanadas are often enjoyed as an appetizer or a light meal, served either hot or at room temperature. They're also popular street food fare, as their handheld, portable nature makes them easy to enjoy on the go. Empanadas can also be easily adapted to cater to dietary restrictions or preferences, such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, making them a crowd-pleasing option for parties and gatherings.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does Empanada expire?
Commercially bought, unopened empanadas have a shelf life of about 1-2 weeks past the printed date on the package, if kept in the refrigerator. Once the package is opened, it's best to consume them within 3-4 days. Homemade empanadas should also be kept in the fridge and used within 3-4 days. If you've frozen your empanadas, they can last up to 3 months.
How do you tell if Empanada is bad?
You'll know your empanadas have gone bad if they have a foul smell, if there's any visible mold, or if the texture seems off, such as if the pastry is soggy. Also, if the filling has a strange color or smell, it's likely gone off. Always trust your senses when determining if food is still good to eat.
Tips for storing Empanada to extend shelf life
• Always store empanadas in the fridge in a sealed container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. A tip: don't stack them directly on top of each other, use a piece of parchment paper in between to prevent them sticking together and damaging their form.
• If you want to freeze empanadas for longer storage, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a zip-top freezer bag, squeezing out as much air as possible before sealing. This will help prevent freezer burn.
• To defrost frozen empanadas, place them in the fridge overnight. Or if you need them quicker, you can pop them in the oven at a low temperature until they're thoroughly warmed. Avoid microwaving, as it can make the pastry soggy.
• To reheat refrigerated or defrosted empanadas, bake them at 375°F (190°C) for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through, for the best texture and flavor.
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