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January 12, 2012 / Food Follower

Empanadas: The Perfect Layover Food

My flight to New York City was cancelled, so I had a two day layover. Something positive came out of this inconvenience- I ate a delicious empanada de carne. Though empanadas originate in Spain, they are very popular in Peru and are generally baked (instead of fried).

The empanada I ate had ground beef, hardboiled egg, onions, olives, and raisins. Trust me, Peruvian empanadas are delicious though seemingly unconventional (like the pastel de choclo I wrote about in an earlier post). My empanada came nice and warm, and I sprinkled a little lime juice on it.

If this flavor combination does not appeal to you, empanadas come in many different varieties such as chicken, ham and cheese, and ones filled with only vegetables (for you vegetarians out there).

My layover let me enjoy some true Peruvian comfort food. I hope that if you come to Peru, you will sample one or many of the empanadas Peru has to offer but under different circumstances than I faced.

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