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Pockets of Joys

An empanada is a baked or fried turnover consisting of pastry and filling, common in Filipino cultures. The name comes from the Galician verb and translates as "enbreaded", wrapped in bread. They are the little pockets of dough usually filled with pork, chicken, cheese, tomato, and corn beef and sometimes made of sweet crumbly filling. After that cooking the resulting turnover either by baking or frying. They're one of our favourite party foods, as in we like to make a party out of the process of making empanadas! Are we crazy to think that filling and folding these lovely little pockets is fun? Make the dough ahead of time, and let people assemble their own. People can have some juice while they bake and get ready to dig in! That's our kind of party. Ohh, have you read the juice blog yet. A straightforward homemade dough on the outside and some of the other types of protein (maybe chicken or cheese) tightly tucked inside with the help of egg white. And last but not least, they're usually flavoured with warm spices. Fun fact: to all the Indians reading this, a sweet empanada is made during Diwali and is natively called gujiya or ghughra.

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