If you enjoy portable snacks or are looking for a tasty treat for lunch, give these shrimp empanadas a try!
These shrimp empanadas are a delicious portable snack, appetizer or party food. If you've never had them before, empanadas are a type of turnover that can be found all over Latin America. They're one of those foods that are budget-friendly, incredibly versatile (you can make savory or sweet empanadas), and transportable... in other words, the perfect snack! And if you've never made them before, follow this step-by-step video and you can't go wrong.
There isn't just one way to make an empanada. In fact, there are many variations to the recipe, depending on the country. For example, they're typically baked in Argentina and Uruguay, but fried in Colombia and Venezuela. The type of dough also varies by country and often within different regions in the same country. In Colombia and Venezuela, empanadas are made with corn flour, while in many Caribbean countries they're made with yuca or plantain, while Argentineans and Uruguayans use wheat flour. We even have a recipe for empanada dough infused with beer!
And don't get me started on the filling! Empanadas are made with beef, chicken, pork, seafood, sweet fillings and more. For these shrimp empanadas, I'm keeping it simple, with an easy filling that comes together in just a few minutes. The trick to making empanadas is not to overdo it when adding the filling. If you use too much, the empanadas can break apart when cooking, and nobody wants a deconstructed empanada!