Meet the Incredible Paraguayan Sandwich de Empanada: A Sandwich Within a Sandwich
While it’s hotly debated which country makes the best empanada, there is no doubt about which country makes the most unique use of an empanada. That honor goes to Paraguay and their innovative sandwich de empanada. Check it out!
What’s in a name?
The name empanada comes for the word empanar, which literally means to bread. Empanadas come in un millón de rellenos that are encased in a yummy, doughy blanket. The dough is traditionally made out of flour, but some countries use corn flour in their masa, while others make the masa for their their empanadas out of plantains. Ahí lo tienen, an empanada is a filling covered in dough.
Doesn’t That Already Make it a sandwich?
In the technical sense of the word, absolutamente! Empanadas already have all the components of a sandwich: protein filling and carbs. What more could you ask for? Our primos in Paraguay are up for the challenge and kicked things up a notch. They’ve created the Inception of sandwiches: el sándwich de empanada.
Guess what it's made of
The star of this sandwich inside a sandwich is the Paraguayan empanada. These can either be baked ‘til they’re flaky, or fried crispy. They are commonly filled with things like jamón y queso, tuna, carne de res, or chicken. Take one aforementioned Paraguayan empanada and add some pan recién horneado and you’re ready to roll (pun totally intended).
The sandwich de empanada seems a little like carb overload. This is definitely not the sandwich for you if you’re carb-counting or on the Atkins diet. However, if you’re an adventurous eater who likes to try anything once, add this to your foodie bucket list. This sandwich is so easy to make you don’t need to go all the way to Paraguay to try it. Next time your abuela makes empanadas, you know what you gotta do…