I love empanadas, although it has been a while since I have last eaten them. I also love pizza…This is why we’ll be making two dishes in one: Pizza Empanadas!!! Excited?
Because of the American football Super Bowl which is coming up soon, I decided to make the pizza empanadas dough ahead of time for freezing, so that they can simply be filled and baked on the day that they will be served. What a time saver!
If you weren’t already aware, empanadas are not exclusively a dish from Hispanic Latin America, but are also widely esteemed in Brazil, including both fried (pastel frito) and baked (pastel de forno) versions with sweet and savory fillings. Brazilians call these beauties “pastel” (in Mexico, a similar pastry is called an empanada, and through Mexican influence that is also the term by which the pastries have generally come to be known in English).
The baked empanadas (pastéis) are usually served with a cup of coffee (cafezinho), a glass of guaraná soda, or beer, while the fried ones are preferrably served with sugarcane juice, guaraná soda, or beer. They make for a quick afternoon snack or a great appetizer for parties and bar conversation (conversa de botequim).
I confess that I do prefer the baked empanadas (pastel de forno) for obvious reasons – they are less messy and greasy to prepare.
That is why our pizza empanadas are baked. There is a wide variety of possible fillings, but I picked what we call the pizza filling: ham, cheese, tomato, and oregano. It is like having empanadas and pizza in the same dish. 😉 Don’t you?
Well, enjoy our pizza empanadas and have a great time with your friends and family watching the Super Bowl.
Pizza Empanadas — Two dishes in one! Got yours?