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where do empanadas come from?

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from which country did empandas originate?

Submitted: 5 years ago.
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Expert:  Neo replied 5 years ago.
Good day!

Empanadas originate from Spain.

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Expert:  Cher replied 5 years ago.
Hello again, and welcome back to Just Answer.

I wanted to provide some additional detailed information to the previous expert's answer.

The origin of empanadas was from both the Galician (northern) region of Spain, and Portugal in medieval Iberia, at the time of the Moorish invasion. It is therefore thought that empanadas and the similar Italian calzones are both derived from the Arabic meat-filled pies called 'samosa'.

The Spanish verb 'empanar' means to wrap or coat in bread, and different fillings used, depending on the region, included meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit. The easily portable 'pies' were carried by working people for convenient and self-contained meals.

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