What do you get when you take two ladies who love to cook
and add flour and cheese?
Empanadas are a traditional food of Bolivia and are often eaten in the afternoon during “the hour of tea”. Because the main meal of the day is lunch, some families use tea time as dinner and eat bread or empanadas with their tea or coffee. Empanadas look like mini-pasties and can be filled with cheese, chicken, or picante (spice!).
When we were living with our last host family, our host mom, Bellela, taught me how to make cheese empanadas…
First we made the dough and rolled it out…
…then we added the cheese!
The hardest part was finishing the edges. It took me forever and they always looked horrible! For each empanada that I finished, Bellela finished four… I guess I have to keep working on my technique!
After adding a glaze, the empanadas went into the oven and came out tasting wonderful… it’s a good thing Bellela gavre me the recipe!