Argentine Appetizer: Empanadas

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I was served a variety of foods during a recent trip to Mendoza, Argentina, but the one appetizer I could always count on was a fresh, steaming cheese empanada. Have you tried the ubiquitous starter snack of Argentina?

Argentina’s empanadas are as varied as the country’s diverse landscapes. Some are fried, others baked in a clay oven, and once we saw a few fried-to-order in a big fire pit. (These are the ones in the photograph.) Any way you slice it, Argentine people are proud of their region’s method of preparing empanadas. Have you tried these savory hand pies while traveling in the Southern Hemisphere?