Empanadas are a very popular Latin American treat that can be found at any meal and at most bodegas and sidewalk street vendors. They come in variations ranging from savory to sweet, large to small, and baked to fried, and the possibilities for filling them are endless.
Empanadas also make a great party food. Simple, delicious, and inexpensive, they're ideal for a crowd of nibbling cocktail drinkers. They can be made in advance and then baked or fried right before serving. Fillings can also be adapted easily based on your cravings, the occasion, or the season. I love making a big batch and freezing them for quick meals or last-minute parties with friends.
Of course, the simplest meals are often the best. These Avocado Empanadas with Cilantro Sauce are perfect for lunch or as an appetizer or late afternoon snack.
This recipe for empanadas is a new favorite of mine for a few reasons: the crust is flaky and buttery; the creamy, bursting with flavor avocado filling makes my mouth water; and the combination of flavors and textures is simply heavenly.
Bonus: they're very easy to make and are perfect right out of the oven, so you'll never have to wait too long to satisfy the craving.