The 8th of April is Empanada Day.
Empanadas are baked or fried hand pies, typically made in the shape of half moons, and stuffed with a filling which can be savoury, or sweet. They are made throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
They are easy to eat out of hand.
To celebrate today, you could:
- find some sold as street food from a food truck;
- go to a restaurant and have them;
- buy frozen and cook up at home;
- compare varieties from different countries to see which you like best.
You could also have some friends over and have a party to make them as a group activity. Children might enjoy making them, too. (Tip! for less stress as a group activity, make filling(s) the day before and store in fridge.)
The earliest print mention of an Empanada Day in April that CooksInfo is aware of at this point dates to 2005 in Alabama:
“This is also National Empanada Day… and I don’t know anything about that, either.” Smith, George. Memorial slated for Swinford. Anniston, Alabama: The Anniston Star. Friday, 8th April 2005. Page B1, col. 1.
Carrion, Kelly. On National Empanada Day, Why We Love Empanadas. NBC News. 8 April 2015. Accessed March 2021 at https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/its-national-empanada-day-n337441
Esbenshade, Claudia. Sunday is National Empanada Day: Here are 8 places to score empanadas. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Lancaster Online. 7 April 2018. Accessed March 2021 at https://lancasteronline.com/features/food/sunday-is-national-empanada-day-here-are-places-to-score/article_17a84d56-162f-11e7-85d7-5b9a04709de7.html
Restuccia, Danielle. A delicious National Empanada Day to celebrate. Los Angeles, California: La Opinión. 8 April 2018. Accessed March 2021 at https://laopinion.com/2014/04/08/a-delicious-national-empanada-day-to-celebrate/
University of Nebraska-Lincoln. April Food Calendar. Accessed March 2019 at https://food.unl.edu/april-food-calendar#empanada
|↑1||Smith, George. Memorial slated for Swinford. Anniston, Alabama: The Anniston Star. Friday, 8th April 2005. Page B1, col. 1.|