Happy National Empanada Day!

Are you asking yourself "what the heck is an empanada?" Let me help you out.

An empanada is almost like an egg roll or pizza turnover. Traditionally a Spanish dish, an empanada normally is stuffed with sweetness and eaten as a dessert or with meats and cheeses and consumed for lunch, dinner or afternoon snack. You can stuff yours with anything you want.

In celebration of National Empanada Day, we came up with a few ideas to whip up some of your own with a South Jersey twist. Check them out:

 

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    Cheesesteak Empanada

    You can't talk about South Jersey food without bringing up cheesesteaks, right? So, grab your shredded steak, your favorite cheese, and some garlic, onions and mushrooms and fry everything up!

    Next step is to grab some pie crust, assemble the empanada, then either drop them in oil or pan-fry. Don't forget the egg wash!

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    Pork Roll Breakfast Empanada

    I mean, can you even say the words 'South Jersey' without including the words 'pork roll'?

    Empanadas don't just have to be a snack or dinner. Why not make them for breakfast? A pork roll, egg, and cheese empanada FOR THE WIN!

    It doesn't have to be super time-consuming either. If you have everything prepped the night before, it's only a matter of scrambling the eggs, microwaving the pork roll (only if you're on a time crunch which most of us are in the morning), then frying them up in the pan. If you have twenty minutes, these are perfect for someone who wants to send their family off to start their day with a hot breakfast.

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    Cannoli Empanada

    Have you ever had an empanada for dessert? If not, you might want to give these a try.

    To celebrate National Empanada Day, swap your traditional cannolis for this South Jersey twist. Instead of using your traditional cannoli pie-crust to make the shells, take your cream cheese ricotta spread and spread it on a pie crust. Add the chocolate chips or chop up a chocolate bar to bite into an ooey-gooey dessert of deliciousness.

    Fold up your crust into the traditional triangle shape and drop it into the pot (or fry it on a pan, doesn't matter).

    Drizzle some chocolate sauce or hot fudge on top and dump a dollop of whip cream on top and voilà: A South Jersey Dessert Empanada!

    Check out this recipe via Tablespoon.com HERE!