BY JOHN LEHNDORFF
April 8 is National Empanada Day when we celebrate the convenience, crunch and cool fillings in the classic hand pie, baked not fried. The pastie is similiar. The fried pie is a separate sub-category. The late Hostess pie, for instance, was a fried pie. Nomenclature-wise, there is also a piquant debate between staunch savory supporters and those of the sweet persuasion. In my pie professional opinion, almost anything wrapped in crust is a good thing.
If you are celebrating National Empanada Day in Boulder, two reputable sources are Rincon Aregentino – I’m partial to the pollo picante http://www.rinconargentinoboulder.com/home.html and Panaderia Sabor (on North 28th St.) for the pineapple empanada. In Denver, frequent Buenos Aires Pizzeria.
John Lehndorff is Colorado’s most experienced food writer and editor. He is the former food editor and columnist for the Daily Camera and Aurora Sentinel, dining critic at the Rocky Mountain News and author of the “Denver Dines” restaurant guidebook. His Nibbles column has been distributed nationally by Knight-Ridder. He is a former restaurant cook, cooking class teacher, and one of America’s foremost pie experts.
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