Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday’s Cupful: Background on Guam Empanadas

Hot pocket history

Yes, this is our rendition of Guam’s red-colored empanadas.  These turnover pies, which can come in with an assortment of fillings throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, originated in Spain and Portugal.  Look for these at local “mom and pop” stores and island gas stations in Guam.  Remember that the island was a Spanish colony for over two centuries.  This favorite comes traditionally stuffed with a tasty filling of corn meal, cream of rice, and chicken pieces.  Meanwhile, the chopped onion, garlic, and annatto flavors make for a savory meat pie.  Guamanians love ‘em.

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